Terminalia kaernbachii - Warb.
Common Name Okari Nut
Family Combretaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Scattered, but sometimes common, in lowland rainforest and riverine forest, at elevations up to 1,000 metres[303 ].
Range E. Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea to the Solomon Islands.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Moist Soil Full sun

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Terminalia kaernbachii or also known as Okari Nut is a large and deciduous tree, about 30 m high, with a spreading crown. Its bole is straight, cylindrical, and often buttressed. The leaves are large, hairy, yellow green when young and become reddish brown upon maturity. The flowers occur on spikes. A fast-growing tree commonly found in East Asia, it has edible seed which can be eaten raw, roasted, or baked. The seeds contain oil. The red, fleshy, and ellipsoidal fruits are edible as well. Okari nut is of no medicinal importance. The wood is sometimes used for furniture and construction. Plant is grown from seeds.

Terminalia kaernbachii Okari Nut

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Terminalia kaernbachii Okari Nut
Physical Characteristics
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Terminalia kaernbachii is a deciduous Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Terminalia okari C.T.White

Edible Uses
Seed - raw or cooked[46 , 301 ]. The seed has an excellent, mild, almond-like flavour, it can be eaten raw, roasted or baked[301 ]. The flavour is improved by roasting it lightly with salt[301 ]. The palatable kernels are the largest known in this plant family, they can be up to 7 - 8cm long, 3 - 4cm wide, and can weigh from 1.5 - 10g each[303 , 324 , 658 ]. The seed contains up to 50% of a sweet, colourless, non-drying oil[324 , 658 ]. It is the source of a vegetable butter[301 ]. Fruit[451 ]. The red, fleshy, ellipsoid fruit can be 60 - 175mm long, 40 - 80mm wide and 35 - 60mm thick[451 ].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
Other Uses: The wood is moderately hard, inclined to be brittle[451 ]. It is sometimes used for timber in furniture construction, but is seldom logged as it is excluded from timber purchases because of the value of its seed[303 , 701 ].
Cultivation details
Management: Standard;  Regional Crop;  Staple Crop: Protein-oil.

A plant of the tropical lowlands, where it is found at elevations up to 1,000 metres[335 ]. Plants can be found at elevations up to 1,300 metres, but do not fruit well at these higher elevations[658 ]. Succeeds in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny position[200 ]. A fast-growing tree when young, able to increase height by up to 2 metres a year[658 ]. Trees take many years to come into full bearing from seed, even when 20 years old they usually only produce small crops[658 ]. Seeds are harvested after they fall to the ground[658 ]. The plant often crops poorly when close to the sea, but can produce good crops when growing inland.
Seed - germinates freely when fresh, but quickly loses its viability[303 , 658 ].
Other Names
Talia lavata, Alita fasia, Tatalise, Hogolo, Ghaghimanga, Talise, Manavasa, Naklise, Nyiga,
Found In
Papua New Guinea; Indonesia; Solomon Islands, Asia, Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, North America, Pacific, PNG, Philippines, SE Asia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, USA,
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed
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