Tamarindus indica (Tamarind) (Fabaceae)

Tamarindus indicus (Tamarind)

When I first got to Cairns I was struck by the use of Tamarind trees as an ornamental but I needn’t have been too surprised. The Tamarind is a beautiful tree, with Caesalpinoid-type legume flowers. The flowers and buds are multicolored, with hints of pink, orange, yellow and white in them. The petals are innervated with dark streaks. The fruits are indehiscent (they don’t open when ripe) and hold within them dark pulp covered seeds. On a phylogenetic level, the tamarind is unique genus. It is monotypic, which means it is the only species in the genus. It originates from Africa.

Tamarindus indica (Tamarind)

I grew up eating Tamarind in the form of sour spicy fish dishes that used the Tamarind pulp as flavouring. In southeast Asia the tamarind pulp was called Asam. The pulp is also made into a sweet candy with the seeds still in them. Thinking of these almost makes me salivate.

More when I get a hold of some pods.

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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