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Terminalia is a genus of large trees of the flowering plant family Combretaceae, comprising around 100 species distributed in tropical regions of the world. This genus gets its name from Latin terminus, referring to the fact that the leaves appear at the very tips of the shoots.

Terminalia catappa 1.jpg
T. catappa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Combretaceae
Genus: Terminalia

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Badamia Gaertn.
Catappa Gaertn.
Chicharronia A.Rich.
Chuncoa Pav. ex Juss.
Fatrea Juss.
Gimbernatea Ruiz & Pav.
Hudsonia A.Rob. ex Lunan
Kniphofia Scop.
Myrobalanifera Houtt.
Myrobalanus Gaertn.
Pentaptera Roxb.
Ramatuela Kunth
Ramatuella Kunth, orth. var.
Resinaria Comm. ex Lam.
Tanibouca Aubl.
Vicentia Allemão[1]



Trees of this genus are known especially as a source of secondary metabolites, e.g. cyclic triterpenes and their derivatives, flavonoids, tannins, and other aromatics.[citation needed]

Selected speciesEdit

Terminalia argentea flowers
T. catappa flowers with a hoverfly - a close up

Formerly placed hereEdit

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  1. ^ a b "Genus: Terminalia L." Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2007-10-05. Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  2. ^ The Plant list (retrieved 5 July 2018)
  3. ^ POWO: Terminalia phillyreifolia (Van Heurck & Müll.Arg.) Gere & Boatwr. (retrieved 24 September 2018)
  4. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Terminalia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-02-03.

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