Family • Combretaceae - Terminalia catappa - INDIAN ALMOND - Lan ren shu

Scientific names

Badamia comersoni Gaertn.
Buceras catappa Hitche.
Juglans catappa Lour.
Phytolacca javanica Osbeck
Terminalia moluccana Lam.
Terminalia latifolia Blanco
Terminalia mauritiana Blanco
Terminalia ovatifolia Nor.

Other vernacular names

BENGALI: Baangla baadaam, Desi baadaam.
CHINESE: La ren.
FRENCH: Amandier des Antilles, Amandier des Indes, Amandier de l’Inde, Amandier tropical, Badamier.
GERMAN: Indischer Mandelbaum, Katappenbaum, Seemandelbaum, Seemandelbaumblätter.
HAWAIIAN: Kamani haole, Kamani ‘ula.
HINDI: Baadaam, Deshi badam, Hijli badam, Jangli badam, Patee badam.
JAPANESE: Kobatein, Momo tamana.
MALAY: Ketapang.
NEPALESE: Kaathe badaam.
PORTUGUESE: Amendoeira da India.
RUSSIAN: Terminaliia katappa.
SPANISH: Almendro de la India.
TAMIL: Inkuti, Nattu vadam, Saraparuppu, Vaatumai, Vatha kottai.
TELUGU: Badamu, Nalu badami.
THAI: Hu kwang.
URDU: Baadaam.

Common names

Almendras (Span.)
Almendro (Span.)
Banilak (Pamp.)
Banilak (Pamp.)
Dalasa (Pamp.)
Dalinsi (Bik.)
Dalisai (Ibn.)
Hitam (Pamp.)
Kalisai (Pamp.)
Logo (Ilk.)
Lugo (Ilk.)
Savidug (Iva.)
Logo (Ilk.)
Salaisai (Sbl.)
Taisai (Sul.)
Talisai (Tag., Bag., Sbl.)
Taisi (Yak., Tag.)
Indian almond (Engl.)
Tropical almond (Engl.)
Umbrella tree (Engl.)
Lan ren shu (Chin.)

Talisai is a large, deciduous tree, reaching a height of 20 to 25 meters, smooth or nearly so. Branches are horizontally whorled. Leaves are shiny, obovate, 10 to 25 centimeters long, tapering below to a narrow and heart-shaped base with a expanded rounded apex. Leaf stalks are short and stout. Flowers are white, small, and borne on spikes in the axils of the leaves, 6 to 18 centimeters long. Fruit is smooth and ellipsoid, 3 to 6 centimeters long, and prominently bi-ridged or keeled down to the sides. Pericarp is fibrous and fleshy, the endocarp hard.


– Found throughout the Philippines along seashores.
– A common inland tree preferred for its umbrella-type shade.
– Occurs in the Old World Tropics.
– Introduced to the New World.


– Seed contains 51.2 percent fixed oil, Catappa oil, with 54% olein, palmitin, and 46 % stearin.
– Bark contains tannin.
– Phytochemical analysis yielded saponin, saponin glycosides, steroid, cardiac glycoside, tannins, volatile oils, phenols and balsam (gum).
– Physiochemical analysis of sun dried mesocarp of fruits revealed about 12.65% ash, 84.93% carbohydrate, 0.37% oil, 316 mg/g glucose, 0.1% protein, 1.30 mg/g tannin, 1.95% moisture, with 3434.5 kcal/kg calorific value.
– Seeds yield 4.13% moisture, 23.78% crude protein, 4.27% ash, 4.94% crude fiber, 51.80% fat, 16.02% carbohydrate and 548.78 Kcal calorific value. (See study below)
– Classified in the oleic-linoleic acid group, oil contains high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic (up to 31.48%) and linoleic (up to 28.93%).


Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

(1) Antioxidant and hepatoprotective actions of medicinal herb, Terminalia catappa L. from Okinawa Island and its tannin corilagin / Kinoshita S et al / Phytomedicine, Volume 14, Issue 11, Pages 755-762

(2) The antimicrobial activities of methanolic extracts of Eucalyptus camaldulensis and Terminalia catappa against some pathogenic microorganisms / H Babayi et al /Biokemistri, Vol. 16, No. 2, December, 2004, pp. 106-111

(3) In vitro and in vivo antimetastatic effects of Terminalia catappa L. leaves on lung cancer cells / Shu-Chen Chua et al / Food and chemical toxicology . 2007, vol. 45, no7, pp. 1194-1201/ ISSN 0278-6915 CODEN FCTOD7

(4) Tender leaf extract of Terminalia catappa antinociceptive activity in rats / Ratnasooriya W D et al / Pharmaceutical biology ISSN 1388-0209 /2002, vol. 40, no1, pp. 60-66

(5) Squalene Content and Antioxidant Activity of Terminalia catappa Leaves and Seeds / Ting-Fu Ko et al / J. Agric. Food Chem., 2002, 50 (19), pp 5343–5348 / DOI: 10.1021/jf0203500

(6) Phytochemical and antiinflammatory studies on Terminalia catappa / Y M Fan et al / Fitoterapia . Vol 75. No 3-4, June 2004 / doi:10.1016/j.fitote.2003.11.007

(7) Antidiabetic activity of Terminalia catappa Linn fruits / A N Nagappa et al /Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Volume 88, Issue 1, September 2003, Pages 45-50 / doi:10.1016/S0378-8741(03)00208-3

(8) ANTIPARASITIC, ANTIBACTERIAL, AND ANTIFUNGAL ACTIVITIES DERIVED FROM A TERMINALIA CATAPPA SOLUTION AGAINST SOME TILAPIA (OREOCHROMIS NILOTICUS) PATHOGENS/ C Chitmanat et al /ISHS Acta Horticulturae 678: III WOCMAP Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Volume 4: Targeted Screening of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Economics and Law /

(9) The potential of Terminalia catappa (Almond) and Hyphaene thebaica (Dum palm) fruits as raw materials for livestock feed / Nwosu, F. O., Dosumu, O. O., and Okocha, J. O. C. / African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 7 (24), pp. 4576-4580, 17 December, 2008

(10) Anti-Diabetic Activity of Terminalia catappa Linn. Leaf Extracts in Alloxan-Induced Diabetic Rats / Syed Mansoor Ahmed, Vrushabendra Swamy BM et al / IJPT 4:36-39, 2005

(11) Determination of Anthelmintic Potential in Terminalia catappa by Modified Selected In Vitro Bioassay / Arzul L M, Effendy AWM, Adzemi MA et al / IPCBEE vol.7 (2011) © (2011) IACSIT Press, Singapore

(12) Antimicrobial Activity of Terminalia catappa L. Leaf Extracts against Some Clinically Important Pathogenic Microbial Strains / Sumitra Chanda, Kalpna Rakholiya, Rathish Nair / Chinese Medicine, Vol 2, No 4, Dec 2011 / DOI: 10.4236/cm.2011.24027

(13) Composition and Nutritional Properties of Seeds and Oil From Terminalia catappa L. / L Matos, J M Nzikou, A Kimbonguila et al / Advance Journal of Food Science and Technology 1(1): 72-77, 2009

(14) Sorting Terminalia names / Authorised by Prof. Snow Barlow / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1997 – 2000 The University of Melbourne.

(15) Terminalia catappa Extract Enhances Erythropoiesis in Adult Balb C Mice / I A Aimola, H M Inuwa, A I Mamman, N Habila and A S Agbaji, D Omoniwa / Journal of Molecular Biology Research Vol. 1, No. 1; December 2011

(16) Determination of toxicological effects of Terminalia catappa leaves on Sprague- Dawley white rats in short-term period / *Azrul, L. M., Adzemi, M. A., Ahmad, W. M. A. W. and Effendy, A. W. M./ International Journal of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 2013; 3(3): 44-47.

(17) Antifungal Activity of Alcoholic Leaf Extracts of Terminalia Catappa and Terminalia Arjuna on Some Pathogenic and Allergenic Fungi / *Shikha Mandloi, *Rajashree Srinivasa, *Renu Mishra, Ranjana Varma / Advances in Life Science and Technology, Vol 8, 2013

(18) Phytochemical screening and study of comparative antibacterial activity of aqueous and alcoholic extracts of the leaves and barks of Terminalia catappa on multiresistant strains. / Rubens Dinzedi Mbengui, Nathalie K. Guessennd, Gervais M. M’boh, Julien K. Golly; Constantin O Okou; Jean D. Nguessan; Mireille Dosso ; Joseph A Djaman / J.Appl.Biosci.2013.

(19) Study on in-vitro evaluation of fruit of Terminalia catappa Linn as a natural anti-solar agent / Nevade Sidram, A., Sachin G. Lokapure and N. V. Kalyane / Science and Technology, Asian Journal

– Leaves are sudorific, antihelmintic
– Bark and roots are astringent.
– Oil extracts exhibit good physiochemical properties and can be useful as edible oil and potential for industrial applications.

Edibility / Nutrition
– Kernels are edible, with a sweet-acidic pericarp.
– Seeds are a good source of minerals; in descending order: potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium.
– Red leaves are used to expel worms.
– Fruit is said to be purgative.
– Leaves mixed with oil are rubbed onto the breast to relieve mammary pain.
– Bark is used for gastric ailments, bilious diarrhea and dysentery.
– The sap of young leaves mixed with the kernel oil has been used for the treatment of leprosy.
– Bark decoction has been used for the treatment of gonorrhea and stomach cramps.
– Leaves are applied to rheumatic joints.
– Juice of young leaves used for scabies and other cutaneous diseases, headaches and colic.
– Leaves macerated in oil has been used for tonsillitis.
– In Sri Lankan folklore, juice of tender leaves used for pains, including headaches.
– In India, the bark is used as a diuretic and cardiotonic; leaves used for headache.
– In Nigeria, leaves macerated in palm oil used for tonsillitis; stems and bark used for sexual dysfunction.
– Seeds have been used for sexual dysfunction.

– Kernel contains a fixed oil, 51-63% called Indian Almond oil, oil of Badamier, or in the Philippines, as Talisay oil.

Study Findings
• Antioxidant / Hepatoprotective: Study of leaf extracts of TC and an isolated antioxidant, corilagin, was found to provide hepatoprotection in experimentally induced liver injury through suppression of oxidative stress and apoptosis.
• Anti-Inflammatory: Topical application of ethanol and chloroform extracts of leaves in induced acute and chronic ear edema in mice showed reduced inflammation.
• Antimicrobial: Study of the methanolic extracts of leaves of Eucalyptus camaldulensis and Terminalia catappa showed inhibitory activity on B subtilis and S aureus. Phytochemical analysis yielded saponin, saponin glycosides, steroid, cardiac glycoside, tannins, volatile oils, phenols and balsam (gum).
• Antimetastatic: Study showed extract of TC leaves exerted an inhibitory effect on invasion and motility of highly metastatic lung carcinoma cells. It suggests TCE could be a potential antimetastatic agent.
• Antinociceptive: Study of the leaf extract of TC concludes that it is useful as an analgesic, supporting it folkloric use in Sri Lanka.
• Squalene / Antioxidant: Squalene was identified from the leaf extract of TC. The extract of leaves exhibited potent antioxidative and scavenging activities.
• Anti-Diabetic: Study of petroleum ether, methanol and aqueous extracts of T catappa all produced significant antidiabetic activity at dose levels 1/5 of their lethal doses. Histological studies of the pancreas earlier necrosed by alloxan showed regeneration by methanolic and aqueous extracts.
• Anti-Diabetic: Damage to pancreas in alloxan-treated diabetic control and regeneration of ß-cells by glibenclamide was observed. A comparable regeneration was noted with aqueous and cold extracts.
• Aphrodisiac: Reports of Terminalia catappa seeds showing aphrodisiac activities in male rates.
• Anti-inflammatory / Triterpenic Acids: Study of ethanolic extract of leaves yielded triterpenic acids responsible for the antiinflammatory activity of T catappa leaves.
• Antiparasitic / Antibacterial / Antifungal: Study looked into T catappa as an alternative to the use of chemicals and antibiotics in the aquaculture industry. Results showed eradication of Trichodina, fish ectoparasites, at 800 ppm. On going research is being done to isolate the active ingredients in the Indian almond for fish pathogen treatment.
• Antibacterial / Ornamental Fish Culture: Study evaluated the concentration of tannin, an antimicrobial substance, in a water extract of leaves and its in vitro antibacterial activity against bacteria isolated from aquatic animals. Results indicated a potential for use as antibacterial alternative for ornamental fish culture.
• Oil / Biodiesel Potential: Study of castanhola in Brazil showed the oil obtained from the fruit kernels to yield around 49% (%mass). The fatty acid composition was similar to other conventional oils. Study of physiochemical properties of the TC biodiesel showed to be in acceptable range for use as in dieselengines.
• Livestock Feed: The mesocarp of T catappa contain major nutrients of carbohydrate, oil and metal ions (Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu, and Zn) provide for biochemical activities required for livestock feed formulation.
• Antidiabetic: Study reports the leaf extracts exhibited significant blood glucose lowering in alloxan-induced hyperglycemic rats.
• Anthelmintic: Study of TC leaves showed anthelmintic activity through inhibition of motility and survivability of larvae of T. colubriforis, C curticei and H. contortus.
• Hepatoprotective / D-Galactosamine / Radical Scavenging: TC leaf extract showed hepatoprotective effect against D-Galactosamine (D-GalN)-induced liver injury. There was dose-dependent inhibition of mitrochondrial swelling with dose-dependent superoxide radicals scavenging activity.
• Antimicrobial: Study demonstrated antimicrobial activity, more pronounced against bacteria than fungal strains.
• Nutritional Properties of Seed and Oil: Seeds were found to be a good source of minerals. Oil contains high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic and linoleic acids. Dominant saturated acids were palmitic and stearic acids. Oil extracts exhibited good physiochemical properties and a potential usefulness as edible oils and industrial applications. (See constituents above)
• Erythropoiesis Enhancement: Study evaluated the potential of Terminalia catappa to induce erythropoiesis in adult Balb C mice. A methanolic extract of T. catappa exhibited erythropoietic potential, inducing production of hemoglobin higher than untreated control.
• Toxicological Study / Leaves: Study evaluated three different doses of T. catappa crude aqueous extract in two stages of toxicity. Results showed no toxicological effects on Sprague-Dawley white rats in a 14-day experimental period.
• Antinociceptive / Leaves: Study of an aqueous extract of leaves showed analgesic activity which may be mediated through both central and peripheral mechanisms.
• Antifungal / Leaves: Study evaluated ethanol and methanol leaf extracts of T. catappa and T. arjuna for in-vitro antifungal activity against A. niger, A. alternata, C. lunata and T. tonsurans. Both showed antifungal activities, with T. arjuna showing better efficacy. Methanol extract showed best activity with Curvularia lunata.
• Antibacterial / Leaves: Study evaluated methanol, ethanol, and aqueous extracts of T. catappa leaves and bark for antibacterial activity against clinical (sensitive and MDR) and ATCC strains of E. coli, K. pneumonia, and MRSA Staphylococcus aureus. Bark extracts showed better activity compared to the leaves extracts, and the methanolic extract the most active of all the extracts.
• Hepatoprotective / Leaves / CCl4-Induced Toxicity / Triterpenoids: Study evaluated a chloroform extract of leaves on carbon tetrachloride-induced acute liver damage and D-galactosamine induced injury. The chloroform extract yielded ursolic acid and asiatic acid, which dose-dependently inhibited Ca2++-induced mitrochondrial swelling. The hepatoprotective activity attributed to protection of the liver mitrochondria and scavenging action of free radicals.
• Natural Anti-solar Agent / Fruit: Study evaluated the UV absorption ability of a methanol extract of fruit of Terminalia catappa as an application as anti-solar agent. Results showed maximum absorbance at 200nm, good absorbance at 240nm to 300 nm, and moderate absorbance at 300-360nm.
• Antitumor / Leaves: Study evaluated the effect of a methanolic extract of leaves of T. catappa against Ehrlich ascitic lymphoma (ELA) in Swiss albino mice. Results showed significant antitumor activity, with the extract bringing back the altered levels of hematological parameters and liver enzymes.

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