Scientific Name: Tamirandus indica
Tamil Name: Pulia maram
Description: Large tree up to 20 m tall. Canopy is dense. Leaves are single and compound about 8-12 cm long. Leaflets are small and elongate 15-17 in pairs. Flowers are yellow and in clusters. Pods are fleshy with a brown shell that is pulpy maroon. Seeds are square brown- black. Edible fruits.
Habitat and distribution: Native to tropical Africa; introduced in India by early settlers; widely distributed species is not currently a conservation concern.
Note: The wood can be used in carpentry. Because of the tamarind’s many uses, cultivation has spread around the world in tropical and subtropical zones.