Tropical almond

Terminalia catappa -- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Terminalia catappa

Non-Native to Florida

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CATEGORY II on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's (FLEPPC) 2013 List of Invasive Plant Species

Download a page (PDF 173 KB) from Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas – Second Edition, by K.A. Langeland, H.M. Cherry, et al. University of Florida-IFAS Pub SP 257. 2008.

For control information, see Integrated Management of Nonnative Plants in Natural Areas of Florida (SP 242)
by K. A. Langeland, J. A. Ferrell, B. Sellers, G. E. MacDonald, and R. K. Stocker

Date of introduction to Florida: pre-1933 (agriculture)

(from Strangers in Paradise, Impact and Management of Nonindigenous Species in Florida, Chapter 2: Florida’s Invasion by Nonindigenous Plants: History, Screening, and Regulation, by D.R. Gordon and K.P. Thomas, pp. 21-37. Island Press, Washington, DC, 1997.)


    Tropical almond is a flowering, perennial, wetland plant. It is present in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands (Kartesz). It is a native plant of Asia that escaped from cultivation. In Florida it is found- rarely- in the disturbed sites of Brevard, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties (Wunderlin, 2003).

    See the UF/IFAS Assessment, which lists plants according to their invasive status in Florida.

    tropical almond View the herbarium specimen image of the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.