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 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.
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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