Common roadside trees that you can expect to see in Goa

Evelyn Siqueira

Goa’s most well-known trees are the coconut palm and cashew. Here are some more common ones which you will encounter during your travels in the state …

Trees | Goa


Indian Laurel (Terminalia elliptica), locally known as matti, has long been known as the ‘State Tree of Goa’. It is sometimes called crocodile bark tree.

Trees | Goa | Indian Laurel | Terminalia elliptica


The most famous tree of Goa is the coconut palm, Cocos nucifera, made even more famous by Bollywood, which has featured Parra’s Maddani – a road, lined with coconut palms on the silver screen.

Trees | Goa | Parra | Maddani | coconut tree | Photo: Katia Goes


Kindal (Terminalia paniculata), with its canopy of red and green is common in the hinterland talukas of Sattari, Dharbandora, Sanguem and Canacona.

Trees | Goa | Kindal | Terminalia paniculata


Most Goans love the flavour of ‘Ghoting’ (Terminalia bellirica) – a tree which can be found in Goa’s hinterland.

Trees | Goa | Ghoting | Terminalia bellirica


A popular avenue tree, the False Almond tree (Terminalia catappa) looks tall and majestic in Porvorim, Mapusa and Miramar.

Trees | Goa | False Almond | Terminalia catappa


The Gulmohar tree (Delonix regia), also referred to as Flame Tree or Royal Poinciana, is a sight to behold during the months of May and June, with its displays of bright orange-red flowers.

Trees | Goa | Gulmohar | Delonix regia


The banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) is native to the Indian subcontinent and can be spotted in various locations across the state.

Trees | Goa | banyan | Ficus benghalensis | Photo: Rohan Fernandes

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