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Terminalia catappa Sea almond Ketapang Combretaceae

Terminalia catappa, Sea almond, Combretaceae, Ketapang


Terminalia catappa, Sea almond, Combretaceae, Ketapang

This attractive tree has horizontal, tiered branches and a broad, flattened canopy which is often twice as wide as its height of 60 ft (18 m).
The leaves are glossy green and broadly oval with prominent veins; as they age they turn bright orange, then red, and fall at any time of year, though the tree is never completely bare.
The inconspicuous but lightly fragrant white flowers are held on spikes near the ends of branches .
They are followed by yellow fruit, which are tinged with red when ripe; they consist of fibrous flesh surrounding an almond-like seed of which the kernel is edible, either raw or roasted.
Flowering colors: White,fragrant
Garden type: Seaside.Position: Sunny
Cultivation:They need well-drained soil and plenty of sun; some species tolerate salty winds and dry conditions.
Propagate from seed .
Medical use: Oil is employed medicinally as a substitute for true almond oil to relieve abdominal inflammations, and, cooked with the leaves, in treating leprosy, scable and other skin diseases.Lleaves have a sudorific action and are applied to rheumatic joints. Tannin from bark and leaves used as an astringent in dysentery and thrush. It is also regarded as diuretic and cardiotonic and is applied externally on skin eruptions. In the Philippines a decoction of the leaves is employed as a vermifuge. Seed consumed as laxative.