Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel
A list of the common names for Barringtonia asiatica reveals its preferred habitat and economic uses: sea poison tree, fish poison tree, fish-killer tree, queen of the shores, sea putat, etc. It is a mangrove tree native to the Old World, with a distribution across the tropical areas of Asia and extending into the Pacific islands, northern Australia, southern Taiwan and tropical Africa. In some regions, the tissue of the plant is pounded or grated into freshwater streams to stun fish.