Butonica edulis (Seem.) Miers
Huttum edule (Seem.) Britten
Barringtonia edulis is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 15 metres tall. The bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood. The edible seeds are sold in local markets. The tree is sometimes cultivated in home gardens and around villages, and is generally allowed to remain and is semi-cultivated when forest is cleared[
Southwestern Pacific - Fiji, Vanuatu.
Dense and open forests, woodland and grassland, at elevations up to 400 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Semi-cultivated, Wild
Succeeds in full sun and in partial shade.
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. A flavour like raw peanuts[
]. The seed kernel inside the hard shell can be 3cm by 1cm in size[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
The bark is used in the treatment of stomach ailments and gonorrhoea[
]. A strong tea made from the bark is claimed to induce abortion and definitive sterility[
The wood is light in weight. It is used for canoe paddles, casing, light construction[
The wood is used as a quick-burning firewood[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
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