Pithecellobium Dulce, Jungle Jalebi



Pithecellobium Dulce is a small to the medium-sized semi-evergreen leguminous tree, 5 to 20 m in height.

Jungle Jalebi is a large, nearly evergreen tree that grows up to 20 m or more in height, It has a broad crown, up to 30 m across, and a short trunk, up to 1 m thick, at the base of each leaf is normally found a pair of short, sharp spines, though some specimens are spineless. Leaves are deciduous but the foliage is persistent, as the new leaves appear while the old ones are being shed so that the tree looks like an evergreen. Flowers are white-greenish and slightly fragrant. Pods are greenish-brown to red or pinkish, rather thin. There are about 10 seeds per pod. Pods are irregularly in shape and flattened, set in spirals of 1 to 3 whorls, and strangled between the seeds – looks like the north Indian sweet, Jalebi.

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Common Name Manilla Tamarind, Madras Thorn, Sweet tamarind, Jangal Jalebi
Maximum Reachable Height 20 – 25 meters
Flower Colour White-greenish
Bloom Time Late winter-early spring
Difficulty Level Easy to grow.

Pithecellobium Dulce Care

It can be propagated best through seed. Seed takes about 2 weeks to germinate. No pre-treatment is required, soaking actually reduces germination and heating kills the seeds. Best sown into nursery beds and planted out when about 12 months old.

Sunlight Full sun
Watering Moderately
Soil Well-drained and fertile soil.
Temperature 18 – 27 degrees C.
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer.
Harvest Season January – March

Pithecellobium Dulce Uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Can be grown as an avenue plant

Medicinal Use:

  • The leaves can be used as a plaster to allay pain even from venereal sores and can relieve convulsions
  • A paste made from the leaves is applied externally to treat muscular swellings caused by some inflammations
  • The leaves together with salt can cure indigestion and, in larger doses, can also induce abortion
  • Note: Use as per doctors prescription

Culinary Use:

  • This flesh can be eaten raw, boiled, or made into a refreshing beverage that is suggestive of lemonade
  • Seeds – raw or eaten in curries


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