Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)


Common Names: Tamarind, Sweet, Indian Date


Distribution: East Africa. Tamarindus indica is native of tropical Africa, especially in the Sudan where it continues to grow wild.


Color/Appearance: Tamarind heartwood is reddish brown, sometimes with a purplish hue. The heartwood in tamarinds tends to be narrow and is usually only present in older and larger trees. The pale yellow sapwood is sharply demarcated from the heartwood.


Janka Hardness: 2,690 lbf


Density: 4.42 lb/b.f.


Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Tamarind wood.


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Furniture, floors, construction carvings, turned objects and other small specialty wood items.