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Plant Species of the genus Barringtonia

Information about this genus
Name: Barringtonia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Several species have been found to make fine ornamentals in the tropics, valued for their handsome foliage as well as showy flowers that attract nectar-feeding birds and bats. They thrive in any situation where soil moisture is fairly constant, though also tolerating seasonal flooding and brackish groundwater. Propagation is from seed, sown when freshly fallen.
Description: This genus of around 40 species of evergreen and deciduous trees occurs in tropical Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands, with one species extending to East Africa and two to Madagascar. Growing mainly at edges of swamps, streams, estuaries and beaches, barringtonias are small to large trees with fairly large leaves crowded toward the ends of thick branchlets. Flowers are in usually pendulous spikes, sometimes quite long, emerging at the branchlet tips or shortly behind them. Each flower has short petals and a showy ?powderpuff? of longer stamens and they mostly open progressively from the base of the spike. The largish fruits are hard and usually green, with thin flesh over a tough inner layer enclosing the single seed; they are adapted to dispersal by water, either fresh or salt. Barringtonias all contain saponins and in most regions where they grow are used to paralyze fish, the usual method being to throw the pounded foliage into pools and wait until the fish float to the top.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Barringtonia acutangula 11-12
Barringtonia asiatica 11-12
Barringtonia racemosa 10-12

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