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Terminalia Catapa l - Tropical Almond
Common name:
False kamani, almendras, badamier, Java almond, amandier de Cayenne, tropical almond, wild almond, Indian almond, myrobalan, Malabar almond, Singapore almond, ketapang, Huu kwang, Sea almond, kobateishi, West Indian almond, amandel huu kwang.
Combretaceae (Leadwood tree family).

The Tropical almond tree thrives as an ornamental tree in many tropical cities in the world.
It is a large deciduous stately tree, originally from India, growing up to 90 feet tall with horizontal whorls of branches offering clusters of foot long, obviate leaves that turn pink-red to red - yellow before falling.
Some of the pigments responsible for this are: violaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin.
There are also flavonoids present such as quercetin and kamferol.
The leaves contain also tannins, such as punicalin, punicalagin and tercatein.
The greenish - white female - and male flowers are on the same tree; these flowers are inconspicuous and not very showy.
It has large (2 - 3 inches) nutty fruits that taste very much like commercially grown almonds.
The color of the oval fruit is green, yellow or reddish.
Terminalia catappa In Taiwan the fallen leaves of tropical almond are used as an herbal drug in the treatment of liver related diseases (hepatitis).
The leaves contain agents for chemo-prevention of cancer and probably have anticarciogenic potential.
They also have an anticlastogenic effect (a process which causes breaks in chromosomes) due to their antioxidant properties.
The kernel of Indian almond has shown aphrodisiac activity; it can probably be used in treatment of some forms of sexual inadequacies (premature ejaculation).
Ethanol extracts of the leaves shown potential in the treatment of sickle cell disorders.

Tropical almond is also used by breeders of tropical aquarium fishes to keep them healthy.
These include bettas, catfishes and black water tetras.
Since tropical almond has antibacterial properties, it is excellent in this regard.

Suriname's Traditional Medicine
Tea from the leaves is used against dysentery and diarrhea.
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USDA zone 9 - 11.
Due to recalcitrant nature of the seeds, they have a short viable life, can not be dried well and can not withstand low temperatures.
Full sun and moist, well drained soil.
Has salt and drought tolerance.
Plant in frost free areas.
As is the case with many tropical trees, tropical almond can be grown in a container where its size can be controlled for many years!

Terminalia catappa - Tropical almond tree Terminalia catappa - Tropical almond tree Terminalia catappa - Tropical almond. All parts of the plant (leaves, bark, roots, fruit and wood) are used in traditional
 medicine, such as in dysentery; dressing of rheumatic joints; treating coughs and asthma. The fruit may be helpful in treatment of leprosy, headaches, in reducing travel nausea. Terminalia catappa - Tropical almond. The leaves seem to get rid of intestinal parasites; treat eye problems, rheumatism, wounds.
 The bark extract promotes considerable wound-healing activity. Stops the bleeding during teeth extraction. Tropical almond leaves Terminalia catappa - Tropical almond seeds. The kernel of the seed has aphrodisiac activity and may be useful in the treatment of
 certain forms of sexual inadequacies, such as premature ejaculation. Terminalia catappa - Tropical almond tincture, price US$18.65 p/2 fl oz. Terminalia catappa possesses good antihepatotoxic
 activity and superoxide radical scavenger activity. It can be used as an alternative treatment instead of the prolonged use of
 prescription drugs for yeast infections such as chronic candiasis related illness.

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Item Description Unit Price Quantity

Terminalia catapa seeds 1 packet (20 seeds) US$ 12.50
Terminalia catapa seeds 1 packet (100 seeds) US$ 57.50

Terminalia catapa crushed leaves 1 lb US$ 36.00
Terminalia catapa whole leaves 1 pound (90-110 leaves) US$ 36.00
Terminalia catapa whole leaves 5 lbs (34.35 /lb) US$ 171.70

Terminalia catapa tincture from leaves 1 oz fl US$ 11.55
Terminalia catappa tincture from leaves 6 x 1 fl. oz US$ 62.35
Terminalia catappa tincture from leaves 12 x 1 fl. oz US$ 117.70
Terminalia catapa tincture from leaves 2 oz fl US$ 20.80
Terminalia catappa tincture from leaves 6 x 2 fl. oz US$ 112.30
Terminalia catappa tincture from leaves 12 x 2 fl. oz US$ 212.10

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