Links. Barringtonia asiatica is a common plant in the Malaysian Mangroves and wetlands such as the Kuching wetlands and Bako National Park. Barringtonia thrives around brackish water, near lagoons, and along the coast, and is occasionally planted in Hawai'i. Although the tree can be easily propagated from either seed or cuttings, it is best enjoyed in native habitats and botanical gardens with suitable growing conditions. Common name. Ethnobotanical Uses: Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits) Food (Herb and Spice;Fruit & Vegetable : The cooked fruits (to remove the saponins) are edible.) ARECACEAE (palms), Eugeissona insignis, Eugeissona utilis. The floating seeds are sometimes used as fishing floats. The flowers are delightful puff balls of white stamens tipped with pink. The result as reported by Mojica and Micor,  that the dose dependent relationship on the activity and the concentration used. 3210 Barringtonia asiatica - Fish Poison Tree. In some areas of the Pacific, the seed is crushed, mixed with water and added to tidal pools to stupefy fish for easier catching. Split the hard outer covering of the fruit to expose the seed which is about the size of a small chicken egg. Daines Barrington (1727–1800), English naturalist; Latin asiatica, asian; referring to the natural distribution of the plant. Barringtonia Asiatica is a tropical tree well- suited to island and coastal regions with ample rainfall and humidity. Complete list of plant cultivation articles, Tropical fruit trees and their cold hardiness (PDF), Top Tropicals guide to late-season plants (Fall through Early Spring) in SW Florida (PDF), Top Tropicals guide to tropical fruit trees and their cold hardiness in SW Florida (PDF), SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster. The edible seeds are sold in local markets. Old leaves turn yellowish. 2002 Feb; 65(2): pp 115-20 / DOI: 10.1021/np000600b (7) The seeds and other parts of the plant are pounded, pulped or grated to release the poison and used to stun fish in freshwater streams. larvae / Herlt AJ, Mander LN, Pongoh E, Rumampuk RJ, Tarigan P. / J Nat Prod. Etymology: Latin Barringtonia, after Hon. Stem. //--> larvae. The stem will reach for up to 60Ft, and the flowers are white. Barringtonia asiatica is known locally as Putat laut or Butun. The leaves are narrow obovate, 20–40 cm in length and 10–20 cm in width. RAP publication 2006/07 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Bangkok. It is also known as Box Fruit due to the distinct box-shaped fruit it produces. Seed contained in large persistent fibrous fruit. The next morning, the flower stamens are usually found strewn beneath the tree. The seeds have been used ground to a powder to stun or kill fish for easy capture, suffocating the fish where the flesh is unaffected. The seeds have been used ground to a powder to stun or kill fish for easy capture, suffocating the fish without affecting the flesh. Barringtonia asiatica – Buy seeds at rarepalmseeds.com. click on a thumbnail to view an image, or see all the Barringtonia thumbnails at the Plants Gallery ©Pedro Acevedo-Rodriguez. All parts of the tree are poisonous, the active poisons including saponins. They open at night and attract large moths and nectar-feeding bats with their heavy scent.