Terminalia catappa

Common Name(s): tropical almond

Non-Native to Florida

Origin: Southeast Asia to Northern Australia, Madagascar1
Introduction to Florida: pre-1933 (agricultural)2

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).

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



1. 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 Publication # SP 257. 2008.

2. 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.

3. Integrated Management of Nonnative Plants in Natural Areas of Florida, by K. A. Langeland, J. A. Ferrell, B. Sellers, G. E. MacDonald, and R. K. Stocker. University of Florida-IFAS Publication # SP 242. 2011.

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