Tamarind trees feature
(a) short stout trunks topped by bushy wide-spreading crowns with arching branches,
(b) ferny, even-pinnate, compound leaves with light green leaflets,
(c) summer bloom of red-veined cream to pale yellow flowers in drooping racemes. (d) plump cinnamon-brown bean-like seed pods filled, when ripe, with an edible sweet-sour pulp which has a variety of culinary uses.
Tamarind is a leguminous tree in the family Fabaceae indigenous to tropical Africa. The genus Tamarindus is a monotypic taxon, having only a single species.