Common Name: Velvet Tamarind
Velvet tamarind is a large, spreading tree.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber and edible fruit. The tree is sometimes cultivated for its edible fruit, which is sold in local markets[
E. Asia - Sri Lanka.
Semi-dry tropical evergreen and deciduous forests at low elevations[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A tree of the moist tropics.
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The fruits are eaten[
]. An agreeably tasting, sweet, slightly acid, powdery pulp[
]. It is used fresh or in a drink[
]. The fruits are small, ovate pods, each about 1.5 cm long, produced in large clusters[
]. Each fruit is covered with a slight, black, velvet-like down, has a thin, brittle shell which is easily cracked between the fingers, and is single-seeded[
The dark red coloured wood is close-grained, very hard, heavy and strong[
]. A handsome wood, it is used for house building and the manufacture of furniture, paddles and oil-presses[
]. It is much sought after in its native habitat[
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