Tamarindus indicus L.
- Common Name: Tamarind
- Family: Fabaceae Juss.
- Country of Origin: possibly western Madagascar
- Habitat: Perennial tree
- Description: A large, storm, drought-resistant tree, possibly native to western Madagascar. A Moderate growing legume popular in many tropical and subtropical areas as an ornamental and as a fruit producer. The fruit is a velvety, brownish red pod (2-8") with a brittle shell covering a thick, deep-brown sticky pulp with a few seeds embedded. It has a high sugar and acid content. The pulp is used to make a drink, is eaten fresh and is an ingredient of Worcestershire sauce. Flowers are edible; the seeds are generally boiled or fried. Propagated by seed, airlayer or grafting.
[Thai: ma kham; Vietnamese: me chua, pulp = me]
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- Accession # 199400020
- Source: Tom Mione - CCSU
- Accession Date: 06-06-1994
- Bench: 1103 - AFR:Madagascar C
- Qty: 1 confirmed on 04-24-2013
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
- SubClass: eurosid I
- Order: Fabales
- Family: Fabaceae
- SubFamily: Caesalpinioideae
- Tribe: Detarieae
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