Barringtonia racemosa   (Linn.) Spreng.  (Plant)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Equisetopsida

Small trees, 3-10 m tall. Leaves tufted at the ends of stout twigs, subsessile, obovate, tapering at base, glossy. Racemes long, pendulous, mostly terminal; bracts triangular; calyx tube rupturing into 2-5 unequal lobes; petals 4, oblong or oblong-oval, pink to red in color; ovary 2-4 celled. Fruits ovoid, four angled, with persistent calyx.

Flowering season: February-September; Fruiting season: April-October

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Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Bark used as insecticide. Fruit is a remedy for cough, asthma, jaundice, colic and opthalmia and also used to cure skin diseases.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Producer


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• West Bengal INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarban Mangrove Forest INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Godavari and Krishna Delta INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram Mangrove Estuary INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Debnath, HS (2004) Mangroves of Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Taxonomy and ecology Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun, India 133 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
  • Rajendra N and Sanjeevi SB (2004) Flowering plants and fern in mangrove ecosystems of India: An identification manual ENVIS centre, Annamalai University, Parangipettai, Tamil Nadu, India. 110 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Kumar, VS (2005) An overview of mangroves in Andamans and its significance in maintenance of natural ecosystem Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 200-212 Available at -
  • Mandal, RN and Naskar, KR (2008) Diversity and classification of Indian mangroves: a review Tropical Ecology International Society for Tropical Ecology 49(2) 131-146 Available at -

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