Tamarindus indica L.

Sp.Pl. 1:34 (1753)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Tree, to 10(-24) m high. Fl. yellow, Dec or Jan to Jun. Cultivated & occasionally naturalised.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 25 February 1997

Scientific Description

Erect, tree. Stems terete, not spiny, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, compound, alternate, 85-140 mm long, hairy, with simple hairs, flat with flat margins; margins entire; tubercles absent, leaflets 26-32, pinnately arranged, terminal leaflet absent; pustules or glands absent. Stipules present but early deciduous ( only visible on youngest leaves ). Pedicel present, 5-10 mm long, hairy. Bracteoles present and persistent, 5-8 mm long, hairy, not striate. Corolla uniformly coloured, yellow. Fruit indehiscent and splitting into sections (schizocarps), 55-85 mm long, 15-26 mm wide, stipitate, constricted between the seeds, glabrous, not beaked. Flowers in January, February, March, April, May, June and December. Occurs in the Northern and Eremaean Botanical Province, in the Pilbara, Northern Kimberley and Dampierland IBRA regions.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 4 December 2020


IBRA Regions
Dampierland, Indian Tropical Islands, Northern Kimberley, Pilbara, Victoria Bonaparte.
IBRA Subregions
Keep, Mitchell, Pindanland, Roebourne.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Broome, Christmas Island, Karratha, Wyndham-East Kimberley.