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atafa, Barbados almond, bastard almond, Bengal almond, country almond, demarara almond, false kamani, Fijian almond, Indian almond, Java almond, Malabar almond, Malay almond, yrobalan, sea almond, Singapore almond, story tree, tavola nut, tropical almond, umbrella tree, West Indian almond, white bombway, wild almond • Bengali: badam • Hindi: बादाम badam, देसी बादाम desi-badam, जंगली बादाम jangli-badam • Kannada: taree • Marathi: बादाम badam, बंगाली बादाम bengali badam • Sanskrit: बाताम batam, ingudi, tailaphala • Tamil: இங்குதி inguti, nattu-vadam, saraparuppu, vatha-kottai • Telugu: బాదము badamu;


efloraofindia:”For Id 30092011MR3’’ ?Wild almond tree Pune:
?Wild almond tree leaves become fully red after a month or so. gets fruits which look like almonds
Sep 2011
Height 3-4 floors of a building

Terminalia catappa. Family Combretaceae. Indian almond or tropical almond.

efloraofindia:”20102011MR2’’ Combretaceae Terminalia catappa indian almond Pune:
Sharing pictures of Combretaceae Terminalia catappa Indian almond at Pune
Last month I had posted the pictures of this tree when the leaves were green. Now they have started turning red and also produced fruits .

The tree shed leaves twice in a year, and change of colour of the leaves reminds the fall season in cold countries, when most of the trees (broad leaved) fall down after changing colour.

Date/Time-Oct 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Wild
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb
Height/Length- about 3 cms
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- green rectangular about 5cms by 2.5 cms
no flowers or fruits seen

… new shoot of saplings are interesting, like the one you are showing.
The leaves (or leaflets) are often different from what are seen on a matured plant.

I think these are first leaves of the sapling of Terminalia catappa.
Family: Combretaceae

Yes around my house there are many Terminalia catappa trees.

This is really an interesting thread. I am proud that our members can id plants even in the stage of just two juvenile leaves 🙂

My boss can even id from fruits, passing through guts and coming out of butts from ungulates :P.. Even from terrestrial turtles….I always keep scratching my head, how he does it.
Buts its all experience.

I was talking abt … He is now at ICIMOD, Kathmandu


Almond for ID:
This almond is locally known as badam. There seems to be various species for almond.
Photo taken at Gadwal, Andhra Pradesh on 14.06.2012 at a guest house
What is this species.

Terminalia catappa L. of Combretaceae family.

Yes, Terminalia catappa.
The fruits are relished by fruit bats and they help in dispersing the seeds widely.

Of course not to be confused with real almond or badam, which is Prunus amygalus Batsch (syn: p. dulcis (Mill.) Webb.)
this is Indian Almond-tree, desi badam (Hindi), Bangla badam (Beng.), Badamuchettu (Tel), Natvadam (Tam.).

It is called Kaadu badami In kannada, in taste it is slightly bitter.


Terminalia catapa – Wild Badam – 090714 – RK : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
03/07/2014 – Bangalore

Yes, excellent photos indeed.

Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight: Combretaceae- Terminalia catappa at Mumbai -PKA-DEC63: : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Terminalia catappa at Mumbai.


Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight : Combretaceae : Terminalia catappa : Muscat : 20DEC14 : AK-56 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Flowers & Fruits of Terminalia catappa from a park in Muscat.

Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight: December 11- 24,2014 SN 18 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Terminalia catappa L., cultivated ornamental tree, grows in hot climates also, native south east Asia

Attached are pictures of Terminalia catappa growing by the roadside in Mumbai in September 2012.
We as children used to collect the fruits fallen on the ground early morning and eat them just so that we could eat the seeds inside the tough kernel.

Very true … One of my favorite fruits.
We used to climb the trees too… but those days are long gone.

Are the seeds edible?

Yes, … We used to eat them thinking that they were really ‘बदाम’, for us children, they were thinner बदामs


Goa, May 2015 :: Requesting ID of this tree :: ARKJUL-07/07 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Requesting to please ID this big tree growing in a cultivated garden in Goa in May 2015.
Leaves looked like Terminalia catappa but were much larger. Also the branching pattern looked different.
Is this Terminalia catappa only?

This is the Badam or Indian/ Bengal Almond tree [Terminalia catappa]. It is a native of the Moluccas and the Andaman Islands and is often cultivated in gardens.

Yes, T.catappa


It is my pleasure to share few images of Terminalia catappa (Combretaceae 

Habit: Tree 

Habitat: Cultivated 

Sighting: Tumkur, Karnataka, about 800 msl 

Date: 24-05-2014, 14-12-2014, 21-12-2014  and 09-01-2015

so it flowers in may and fruits in december? very nice close ups of flowers


ID Extremely urgent : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
ID. tree from Bhopal. No other info is available

… the ornamental, Florida fiddlewood, Citharexylum spinosum.

Sorry, I am mistaking, … Let us wait for the ID.

Must be Indian almond tree, Terminalia catappa,

Terminalia catappa L.

SK743 20 SEP-2017:ID : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: New Town Eco Park, Kolkata, India
Date: 10 September 2017
Elevation : 25 ft.

Terminalia catappa.

Thank you … Terminalia catappa L.
Nepali Names : काठे बदाम Kaathe Badaam / कठीया बदाम Kathiyaa Badaam
Attachments (6)

Thanks, …  I also agree.

TERMINALIA CATAPPA : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Attaching three images of Terminalia catappa (INDIAN ALMOND)

yes and wonderful. the winter red leaves, love it


Fused Terminalia catappa fruit: 1 image.
Found in June,
Chennai in a cultivated tree


Terminalia chebula from J P Nagar, Bangalore-GS30012022-2: 6 high res. images.
Terminalia chebula photographed from J P Nagar, Bangalore, 21-9-2015.

I think Terminalia catappa

Terminalis catappa. Plenty of these tree around my house on the streets.
Jungli badam
. Seeds edible. Very tasty.  Leaves turn orange/ reddish (when they fall down) like the autumn leaves of Kashmir.

Terminalia catappa


Terminalia for ID from Kaikondrahalli lake Bangalore-GS31012022-3: 4 high res. images.
Terminalia for ID photographed from Kaikondrahalli lake Bangalore, 19-9-2015.

Terminalia catappa


in Feb.- March in Kolkata; in the JVPD Scheme/Andheri, Mumbai- 31/3/08; Flowering almost over now (6/4/08) in Kolkata; in Oct.’08 in Hyderabad, AP; at Kanakeshwar, Alibag 11 Apr.2009; Mumbai– Oct’09?;
badaam inflorescence, fruit and leaves – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Terminalia catappa- Desi Badam, Indian almond, Bengal almond, Singapore almond , Malabar almond, Tropical almond, Sea almond, and Umbrella tree – indiantreepix | Google Groups
¿ NATIVE / CULTIVATED ? :: Combretaceae (rangoon creeper family) » Terminalia catappa – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Is this Terminalia catapa – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Indian almond – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Terminalia sp – indiantreepix | Google Groups
A bee on a Desi Badam (Terminalia catappa)- a close up of the flowers – indiantreepix | Google Groups

– This one is Terminalia catappa (Desi Badam, Indian Almond), commonly planted as an ornamental, and the nuts are edible.

– Terminalia catappa.  Jungli badam


Terminalia for ID from Alsoor Lake, Bangalore-GS31012022-2: 2 high res. images.
Terminalia for ID photographed from Alsoor Lake, Bangalore, 20-9-2015

For me it is T.catappa,
Please post the habit picture sir.

Sorry …, these are the only two images I have.

To me also looks close to images at Terminalia catappa


Fall colours of Terminalia catapa: 4 images- 1 high res.
In Budhwar Park, Colaba, Mumbai on 13.2.23.


Combretaceae: Terminalia catappa: 2 high res. images.
Terminalia catappa from Andhra university campus





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