Indian Almond Leaves (Terminalia catappa)

Indian Almond Leaves (Terminalia catappa)

Terminalia catappa is a large tropical tree in the leadwood tree family,  combretaceae, that grows mainly in the tropical regions of Asia, Africa, and Australia.

It is known by the English common names country-almond, Indian-almond, Malabar-almond, sea-almond, tropical-almond and false kamani.

The Trees

Here are the trees below where our leaves are from, growing well and happy in their natural environment.


The trees are very well looked after.

T. catappa tree in Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Scientific classification of Indian almond
Kingdom:      Plantae
Division:       Magnoliophyta
Class:            Magnoliopsida
Order:           Myrtales
Family:          Combretaceae
Genus:           Terminalia
Species:         Terminalia catappa

The leaves

The leaves contain several flavonoids (such as kaempferol or quercetin), several tannins (such as punicalin, punicalagin or tercatin), saponines and phytosterols. Due to this chemical richness, the leaves (and the bark) are used in different herbal medicines for various purposes.


Benefits for Aquarium Use

  • Astringent effect. (Anti-haemorrhagic and anti-inflammatory)
  • Food supplement for shrimps and snails.
  • Creates great natural hiding place.
  •  Creates spawning material for fish and shrimps.
  • Adds natural tanning to the water.
  • Lowers the aquarium pH.
  • Binds heavy metals making this ideal for shrimp breeders.
  • Anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties, chemical composition known as saponin glycosides.
  • Natural aesthetic looking.
  • Adds essential trace elements & minerals to the water.
  •  Helps fish heal better suffering from fin-rot and other injuries.
  • Binds with ammonia in the water.
  • Helps Enhance the natural colour of fish
  • Makes a great Bio film for shrimp to eat.
  • Great for tadpole breeding.

Why Buy our almond Leaves?

Grown organically

We have been working closely with India to find you some of the best almond leaves available, our grade A almond leaves are of superb quality. The leaves are  from organic trees as this is very important to us. The leaves are then picked at just the right time collected segregated and then graded to size and quality, grade A are typically flat, intact meaning no holes or rough damaged edges, nice even colours brown with a tinge of red  they are size coordinated into piles, they are then washed, cleaned and dried naturally. 

Grade A Leaves

  • Small: 10cm / 15cm
  • Large: 16cm / 20cm

We offer our almond leaves in two different sizes, small & large. The small leaves are from 10cm - 15cm the large are 16cm - 20cm making them better suited for your intended use.

How to use the leaves

Simply use 1 leaf for 50 - 100 litres of aquarium water, the leaf may float, allow 2 to 3 days then the leaf will gradually sink to the bottom, a few stones can be added to weigh the leaf down a little. if you don't like the brown dye known as tannins (the brown tint) then soaking the leaf in boiling water and soaking for 24 - 48 hours will help remove this dye, please note that by removing the tannins, (humic acids and tannic acids) you will be removing the main healing benefit properties from the leaf.

A single leaf will last around 1- 3 weeks in the aquarium.

Keep any unused leaves in an air and watertight container or air tight plastic bag keep away from direct light and store in a cool dry place. This will ensure that any unused leaves will keep for around 6 months.

If you would like to buy our leaves please follow the link below:

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