Barringtonia Asiatica

Also called the “Sea Poison Tree” or Fish Poison Tree”.

Sea poison tree or fish poison tree.
Sea poison tree or fish poison tree.

A tree beeing found close to coastal areas, at the Indian Ocean or the West Pacific region. It grows to heights up to 20 meters. Its oblong, waxy leaves reach a length between 20 and 40 cm.

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Its large pinkish white pompom flower opens up after sunset to attract night flying insects like moths or fruit bats.

Barringtonia asiatica, flowerBarringtonia Fruit

The large, lantern-shaped fruit is highly water-resistant and robust.

Every part of the tree is poisonous. Especially the seeds of the fruit, grounded to a powder, have been used to stun or kill fish.

Besides that, the dense foliage of the tree gives a perfect hiding place to escape the burning sun during a hot summer day on the beach.

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