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Seashore and Beach Plants

Barringtonia asiatica Fish Poison Tree Keben Lecythidaceae

 

 Fish Poison Tree, Barringtonia asiatica

 

Barringtonia asiatica

Barringtonia asiatica

The fruit lantern-shaped,can survive drifting on the sea for long distances and for periods of up to 2 years.
Flowers: Night-blooming flowers appear on a long spike from the centre of a leaf group.they attract large Atlas moths and nectar-feeding bats with their heavy scent. .
All parts of the tree contain, saponin, poison.
The seeds and other parts of the plant are pounded, to release the poison and used to stun fish in freshwater streams.
The floating seeds are sometimes used as fishing floats.
Traditional medicinal uses: The heated leaves are used to treat stomach ache
and rheumatism ;seeds are used to get rid of intestinal worms.

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