False Kamani tree

The fruits of a False Kamani Tree decorate a sandcastle at Spencer Beach Park in Hawaii
A False Kamani Tree at Spencer Beach Park in Hawaii
The fruits of a False Kamani Tree at Spencer Beach Park in Hawaii

False Kamani (Terminalia catappa) is believed to have been introduced to Hawaii before 1800 and is now widespread here, particularly on beaches and shorelines. This one was at Spencer Beach Park and was heavy with green almond-shaped fruits as well as riper deep pink ones.

What caught my eye was that the ripe fruits had been gathered and used to ornament the battlements of a sandcastle below the tree. I thought they gave it an odd but distinctive look.

Posted in response to this month’s Becky’s Squares challenge theme of ‘Odd.’ see more responses here.

13 thoughts on “False Kamani tree

    1. Graham Post author

      Apparently, the green fruit contains a center that tastes like almonds, though I can’t confirm this through personal experience.

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    1. Graham Post author

      There is, of course, a (true) Kamani tree, otherwise known as Alexandrian Laurel. It’s a canoe plant, brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. I’ll have to find some and do a post!

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