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Small plant from The Philippines.


 Image of the flower courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

Author:  Wilhelm Sulpiz Kurz 1876
Family:  Barringtoniaceae
Habitat:   Coastal areas of: Indian, Madagascar, Philippines, Polynesia, N Australia.
Soil:   Sand - Mix
Water:   Maximum
Sun:   Maximum
Height:  20 meters
Flower:   White
Propagate:   Seeds
Names:   Langasat, Sea Poison Tree, Fish Poison Tree, Putat Laut, Butun, Butong, Pertun, Balubiton, Lugo, Motong-botong, Vuton.
Synonyms:  Mammea asiatica Linne 1753. B. speciosa, Agasta asiatica Miers, Butonica rumphina Miers  
This member of the Barringtoniaceae family was first described under this name by Wilhelm Sulpiz Kurz in 1876. It is found on the costal areas of India, Madagascar, The Philippines, Polynesia and Northern Australia. It grows in sand or sand-mix with lots of water and sun. The stem will reach for up to 20 meters, and the flowers are white. It can be reproduced by seeds, and I really think cuttings are a possibility, just haven't seen it.

What seems to be a caudex on these two photos is just the large nut.

Former member of the Lecythidaceae family.


The caudex-like nut will disappear by time.