|Etymology||Genus||From the Arabic name Tamarhindi|
|Synonyms||Tamarindus occidentalis Gaertn., Tamarindus officinalis Hook.|
|Common Names||Tamarind, Asam, Asam Jawa|
|Native Distribution||Tropical east Africa and west Asia|
Tamarindus indica is a tree sparingly cultivated in our urban landscape. The scaly trunk is light brown or grey. The branching is somewhat straggly and droopy, which gives the foliage an untidy appearance (at least to me). The fruits are unmistakable and immediately diagnostic.
A Tamarind designated as a heritage tree in Surin Avenue Neighbourhood Park.
Foliage. Notice the two sides of the leaflets are erected upwards.