Barringtonia asiatica

Family name: Lecythidaceae

Preferred Common Name:
• Sea poison tree

Other Scientific Names:
• Agasta asiatica (L.) Miers
•  Agasta indica Miers
•  Agasta splendida Miers
•  Barringtonia butonica J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
•  Barringtonia senequei Jard.
•  Barringtonia speciosa J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
•  Butonica speciosa (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) Lam.
•  Butonica speciosum (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) Britten
•  Mammea asiatica L.
•  Michelia asiatica (L.) Kuntze
•  Mitraria commersonia J.F.Gme

B. asiatica is a large tree, 7 to 25 m tall, growing as a mangrove associate on sandy and rocky shores.

Leaves sessile, obovate to obovate-oblong, 20-40 × 10-20 cm, leathery, shiny, base cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse or broadly rounded.  Racemes mostly terminal, erect 5-15 cm.

Flower characteristics:
Flower buds 2-4 cm in diam. Calyx undivided, rupturing at anthesis into 2 or 3 unequal, rounded or acuminate, persistent lobes 3-4 × 2-3 cm and a tube 3-5 mm. Petals 4, white, ovate or elliptic, 5-6 cm. Stamens in 6 whorls; tube 1.5-6 mm; filaments and style white, red-tipped; outer filaments 7-9 cm.

Effect characteristics:
Mature green, ripe fruit, black and purple.

Portion used as food:
Leaf and fruit


•  Use dried trunk and grind it into powder. Mix it with lime juice and apply as first aid for snakebite.

•  Young leaves or fruit, eat fresh or pound it until some water comes out and consume to relieve stomach acid reflux.

•  The smoke of burning dried fruit can be used as mosquito repellent.

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