Some plants however seem so happy still for the endless sun's rays. This is exemplified by the tamarind tree, Tamarindus indicus. This is widely distributed in the countries of the tropical belt, where the Philippines is located. It is supposed to be brought here centuries back, and most of us think it is an endemic species for being here since time began, so already considered a naturalized plant in the country.
a tamarind tree near our gate on the other side of the street
These young flowers and young shoots are used in the country as a souring agent for some stews and dishes.
a fruiting branch at the start of flowering and the leaves are still very green
these fruits are already mature and ripe, the leaves are already falling
old mature tamarind tree
Big old trunks are durable and the bright reddish-brown color at the center of the trunk makes beautiful furniture.
typical bark of tamarind tree
What about the outside bark? Can you think of any use for it?