Butter tree

(Bot.) a tree of the genus Bassia, the seeds of which yield a substance closely resembling butter. The butter tree of India is the Bassia butyracea; that of Africa is the Shea tree (Bassia Parkii). See Shea tree.

See also: Butter

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It started as the wreck of the simple Swiss family who looked up and saw the butter tree, but soon a glorious inspiration of the night turned it into the wreck of David A and Oliver Bailey.
It is therefore sometimes referred to as the Peanut Butter Tree but is also known as Harlequin Glorybower.
One such indigenous fruit tree in northeastern and northwestern Uganda is the shea butter tree.
When Mungo Park was searching for the origins of the River Niger, the shea butter tree was a dominant feature of the Sahelian savannah and played a central role in rural life, just like the oaks, butternuts, walnuts and hickories of the North American savannah.