Terminalia samoensis is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 20 metres tall, though it is often much smaller[
]. It is often not much more than a wind-stunted shrub[
The tree is harvested from the wild, sometimes for food, but mainly as a source of wood for traditional carvings. It is an important amenity shade tree within its native range, it is sometimes left uncut or is planted in villages[
]. An attractive small tree that could be of use as an ornamental in coastal areas[
Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Celebes) to the western Pacific (Samoa).
A littoral species, growing on coral limestone[
]. Coral coasts, often in very exposed positions[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The fruits are probably water-borne[
Like its cousin, the tropical beach almond (Terminalia catappa), the fruits (does this include the seeds?[
]) are edible, however due to their smaller size, they are not commonly consumed[
The wood of this tree is used for traditional carvings throughout its range[
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