Indian Almond
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Indian Almond
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Indian Almond • Hindi: जंगली बादाम Jangli badam • Marathi: जंगली बादाम Jangli badam • Tamil: Nattuvadumai, Vadumai • Malayalam: Ketapag • Telugu: Tapasataruvu • Kannada: ಕಾಡುಬಾದಾಮಿ Kaadubaadaami, ನಾಟಿಬಾದಾಮಿ, Naatibaadaami ನಾಡುಬಾದಾಮಿ Naadubaadaami, ತವಸ Tavasa • Oriya: Desiyobadamo • Gujarati: Badamalili • Sanskrit: इङ्गुदः Inguda, इङ्गुदी Ingudee, तापसतरुः Taapasataru • Mizo: Thing-nihliap
Botanical name: Terminalia catappa    Family: Combretaceae (Rangoon creeper family)

Indian almonds are spreading trees with large, leathery, oval leaves which turn red before they fall. The tree has a distinctive shape, its horizontal branches growing in wide spreading circles at different levels on the trunk. The greenish - white female - and male flowers are on the same tree; these flowers are inconspicuous and not very showy. The pale green fruit is the size and shape of an almond in its shell. Some varieties become reddish-purple when ripe. The nuts are edible, taste like almonds and are eaten. A highly ornamental tree, much planted in avenues and gardens. Flowering: February-May.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Maharashtra.

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