Indian almond seeds

The Indian almond (Terminalia catappa) is not related to the true almond. The timber is good and of a rich reddish colour and the leaves can be used to feed silkworms. Tannins from the leaves and bark are used medicinally in many different cultures; they are thought to have potential for the treatment of some cancers and for the alleviation of sickle-cell anaemia.

These seeds are from a collection of specimens and photos chiefly concerned with economic botany collected by J R Jackson of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
73/1921/44/PRIORIS
Collection Class
Plants
Collection Area Region
East Africa
Collector Excavator
ex coll ARR Jackson
Common Name
Indian almond seeds
Simple Name
seeds
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901); Edwardian (1901-1914)

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COMBRETACEAE: Terminalia catappa: Indian almond