Indian almond

 
 

Indian almond is native to the shores of southeast Asia, from India to northern Australia and the Pacific islands. In its natural distribution it reaches a height of 100 feet, with a trunk 3 or more feet in diameter. Branches grow from the trunk in whorls at various levels. The leaves are up to 11 inches long and are grouped toward the ends of branches. Inflorescences are up to 6 inches long and contain male and female flowers, the former close to the apex and the latter close to the base. Fruits are about 2 inches long and are dispersed by bats. The seed is tasty but difficult to extract. It flowers and produces fruits almost throughout the year. The generic name refers to the grouping of leaves toward the end of the branches. The species name derives from its common name in Malaysia.


The photographed tree is in the Physics Building parking lot. There are several other trees in the campus; for example, near the main entrance to the campus, near the entrance facing the Cervecera de Puerto Rico Brewery, in the Business Administration Building parking lot, and in the Research and Development Center.

Terminalia catappa (Combretaceae)