The native tamarind is a common rainforest species in Eastern Australia.
A member of the Sapindaceae family it grows up to 35m in height and is identifiable by its large, ‘sausage’ shaped leaflets. Each can be 10 – 30cm long and are coated in rust-coloured hairs, giving a velvet appearance.
The native tamarind is a bisexual self-pollinator, with the one tree producing both male and female flowers.
Many birds within Mary Cairncross enjoy feasting on the abundant yellow fruit which matures between October and January, including the brown cuckoo dove, green catbird, regent bowerbird, brush turkey, rose-crowned fruit-dove and wompoo pigeon. Flying fox also feed on the tamarind and assist birds in dispersing tamarind seed.
The orange flesh is edible raw and can also be used in preserves.
Please note, image shown above is of the small leafed tamarind, Diploglottis australis.