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.


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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