Madagascar Almond

Scientific Name: Terminalia mantaly H. Perrier

Synonyms:Terminalia neotaliala Capuron

Unique ID: 157

Systematic Position

Class: Dicotyledonae

Sub Class: Polypetalae                        

Series: Calyciflorae

Order: Myrtales

Family: Combretaceae

Common Names

English – Madagascar almond



Description: Terminalia mantaly grows 10-20 m with an erect stem and neat, conspicuously layered branches. Bark pale grey, smooth and rather mottled. Leaves smooth, bright green when young, in terminal rosettes of 4-9 unequal leaves on short, thickened stems; length up to 7 cm, apex broadly rounded, base very tapered, margin wavy. Flowers small, greenish, in erect spikes to 5 cm long. Fruit small oval; seeds, about 1.5 cm long with no obvious wings.


Habitat: T. mantaly is usually evergreen at higher altitudes; it is drought resistant once established.

Distribution: Native to Madagascar

Uses: Tannin, dyes; medicine; shade,ornamental