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Tropical Almond

Terminalia catappa

a.k.a. West Indian Almond

Large, nutty fruit having the flavor of an almond.

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Large tropical tree to 90ft, though sometimes much smaller. The tropical almond is well adapted to salt soils and winds and often grows along beaches and seashores throughout the tropics.


They are not particularly hardy, but can survive brief frosts.

Growing Environment

Trees like full sun and lots of water, though they are drought tolerant.


By seeds.


The fruits are eaten and have a number of medicinal properties.

Native Range

Native to India, but now naturalized and is a fixture throughout most of the tropical world.

Related Species

Terminalia catappa
Tropical Almond