views updated

Dialium (family Leguminosae, subfamily Caesalpinoideae) A genus of tropical trees in which the leaves are pinnate. The flowers are reduced, with 1, 2, or no petals. The fruit is indehiscent, brittle-skinned, and drupe-like, with an edible mesocarp. The trees yield useful timber. There are about 40 species occurring in western Malesia, Madagascar, Africa, and a single species in America.