Monday, August 10, 2009

Terminalia Catappa - Tropical Almond

The tropical almond is quite different from the almond tree whose nuts we all love. The tropical almond is a deciduous tree grown for the shade it provides and for its beauty. The leaves turn a beautiful reddish brown color before falling. Here is a tree that I photographed in Kanchipuram.

The tree has a host of local names - the Indian Almond, Bengal Almond, Singapore Almond, Sea Almond, among others.

The leaves in this picture are sunwashed -- they were actually quite dark green in color.

I have never seen the flowers of this tree, but am told they are quite pretty.

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