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Tropical almond (Terminalia catappa) is a large, spreading tree now distributed throughout the tropics in coastal environments.
The tree is tolerant of strong winds, salt spray,and moderately high salinity in the root zone. It grows principally in freely drained, well aerated, sandy soils.
The species has traditionally been very important for coastal communities, providing a wide range of non-wood products and services. It has a spreading, fibrous root system and plays a vital role in coastline stabilization. It is widely planted throughout the tropics, especially along sandy seashores,for shade, ornamental purposes, and edible nuts.
The timber makes a useful and decorative general purpose hardwood and is well suited for conversion into furniture and interior building timbers. Fruits are produced from about 3 years of age, and the nutritious, tasty seed kernels may be eaten immediately after extraction.
It's amazing to see how resistant the specimen is... here under seawater...




A AMENDOEIRA-DA-PRAIA é uma árvore que pode atingir grandes dimensões.
É típica de regiões tropicais e equatoriais conseguindo desenvolver-se em regiões costeiras.
Tem a copa bastante larga, fornecendo bastante sombra. Possui folhas caducas.
É cultivada como árvore ornamental. Os seus frutos são comestíveis, embora sejam um pouco ácidos.
A sua madeira é vermelha, sólida e resistente à água, tendo sido utilizada para fazer canoas na antiga Polinésia.

Este espécimen encontra-se a cerca de 50 metros a Noroeste Forte de São Sebastião na cidade e ilha de São Tomé, em São Tomé e Príncipe.

Localização da árvore: 0°20'46.66" N; 6°44'21.15"E





Model - NIKON D200
DateTime - 2009:03:10 15:53:41
ExposureTime - 1/125 seconds
FNumber - 9.00
ExposureProgram - Shutter priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 160
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
LightSource - Shade
FocalLength - 18.00 mm
White Balance - Manual
Image Sharpening - HIGH
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