Barringtonia scortechinii is an evergreen tree with a spreading crown; it usually grows 7 - 20 metres tall, with occasional specimens up to 40 metres. The bole can be free of branches for most of its height, 3 - 40cm in diameter, sometimes with buttresses up to 2 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood.
The seeds and bark contain saponins. They are pounded and used as a fish poison[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Rainforests, in both dense primary forest and the more open, secondary formations; in low, undulating country in Borneo and in swampy forest and by rivers in Malaysia; at elevations up to 1,400 metres[
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The plant can flower and produce fruit all year round[
The fruit is used as a flavouring in food[
]. Used as a sambal - a relish made with vegetables or fruit and spices[
]. The ovoid seed is up to 5 - 6cm long and 2cm wide[
The wood is used for timber[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. About 75% of fresh seed germinates within 5 - 15 months[
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