Pithecellobium dulce (Roxb.) Benth.

  • Family : FABACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
  • Subfamily : Mimosoideae
  • Species : Pithecellobium dulce
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Pithecellobium dulce (Roxb.) Benth.
  • Common name : Manila Tamarind
  • Vernacular name : Seeme hunase, Parmunche kaayi mara (Kan.); Ganga Imili (Hin.)
  • Collection Nos : KFP 10165, KFP 10953
  • Key identification features : A medium-sized, deciduous tree with spinescent branches. Leaves are alternate, compound, with small leaflets. Flowers are minute, with tufts of long projecting stamens and aggregated into globose inflorescence. Pod is twisted, few-seeded with constrictions between seeds. The white spongy, edible part that covers the seed is an aril. Bark is light, grey with several horizontal branch-scars and vertical furrows.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Native : Tropical America
  • Comments : Often planted as an ornamental tree or as a hedge plant. The spongy aril is sweet and edible.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Bangalore, Davanagere, Gulbarga, Hassan, Mysore, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada
  • Floras referred : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Hassan; Saldanha, 1984; Ramaswamy & Razi, 1973 - Bangalore; Seetharam et al., 2000 - Gulbarga; Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Coorg; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara


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