Chapéu de Sol

Chapéu-de-Sol, translated to “sun hat”, (Terminalia catappa) or called Sete-copas, Amendoeira, Amendoeira-da-praia, Amêndoa, Amendoeira-brava, Amendoeira-tropical, Guarda-sol, Noz-da-praia, Terminália, Amendoeira-da-índia, Amendoeira-do-pará, Anoz, Árvore-de-anoz, Árvore-de-noz, Cuca, Castanhola, Guarda-chuva, Chapéu-de-praia, Amendocira.

Vastly found in Brazil, originated in Asia, the Chapéu-de-sol is a tropical tree. It is broad and full, and provides abundant shade. It grows from 5 to 15 meters tall. Its crown is unusual, consisting of a horizontal branches, grouped at regular angles. The leaves are large, oval shaped and green, which gradually changes to yellow and red in autumn before falling. The fruits are drupes ellipsoid, green when immature and yellow to red when ripe. Each fruit contains a hard seed, with an almond. The tree produces good quality wood, hard, red and water resistant, used in the manufacture of furniture, fences, cages and canoes.