Tamarindus indica

Tamarindus indica

Tamarindus indica

(Tamarind)

FAMILY

Fabaceae / Caesalpiniaceae

Species

Tamarindus indica

Common name

Tamarind

Flower colour; life form

Yellow; tree

Campus

Townsville

Description

This slow growing tree is resistant to strong winds. The fissured bark is dark grey; leaves are pinnately compound with 10-20 pairs of oblong leaflets, each up to 2.5 cm long. Flowers small, petals yellowish with orange to red streaks. Pods slightly curved to 17 cm long but commonly only to about 10 cm long, cinnamon-brown in colour with 1-12 fully formed seeds embedded in a sticky pulp. This pulp is used in chutneys and other dishes.

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Tamarindus indica