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.
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
East Africa
Collector Excavator
ex coll ARR Jackson
Common Name
Indian almond seeds
Simple Name
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901); Edwardian (1901-1914)

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COMBRETACEAE: Terminalia catappa: Indian almond