Wild Tamarind

Nature Preserve Tour

Wild Tamarind

Miami, Florida 33135, United States

Created By: Florida International University


FIURolando · 21. The Wild Tamarind

The Wild tamarind (Lysiloma latisiliquum) is a tree native to hammocks within the Everglades and portions of the upper Keys. This large, fast-growing tree can grow up to 50 feet tall. Tamarind trees develop a large widespread crown that provides important shade to the hardwood hammock ecosystem. The dense canopy allows for just enough light to support a diverse shade-tolerant understory. The tiny leaflets of the tree fall in the early spring, allowing for more sunlight. The Tamarind tree should not be mistaken for the true tamarind (Tamarindus indica) whose fruit pods contain a tart, edible pulp.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Nature Preserve Tour


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