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Barringtonia

Family

Lecythidaceae

Name Reference

Barringtonia J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.

Summary

One mangrove species in Australia - Barringtonia racemosa ([1]), along with one species recorded occasionally from mangrove habitat - Barringtonia actuangula? ([2], [3]).

Description

The genus Barringtonia J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. (1775) comprises around 40 species in the Indo West Pacific, distinguished by large simple leaves clustered at the ends of branches, and large angular fruits. Flowers open at night and are pollinated by night-flying animals. The bark and crushed fruit contain saponins, an extract used as fish poison. At least one species has edible fruit, B. edulis Seem. The genus has a distinctive method of germination somewhat comparable with the viviparous development shown in Rhizophoraceae ([1]).

Distribution

See Atlas of Living Australia.

-- NormDuke and EmmaClifton - 2011-11-25

References

  1. Duke, N. (2011). Mangroves of Australia. Manuscript. Vers.: 27 Sept 2011. (more)
  2. Bunt, J.S., Williams, W.T. and Duke, N.C. (1982). Mangrove distributions in north-east Australia. J. Biogeography 9: 111-120. Available online: http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/2844696.pdf (more)
  3. Wightman, G. (2006). Mangroves of the Northern Territory, Australia: identification and traditional use. Northern Territory. Dept. of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts, Palmerston. (more)

All taxa related to Barringtonia

Biological Interactions
Relation Taxon GroupSorted ascending
PreyOf Hypochrysops_apelles Lepidoptera
OccursWith Aegiceras_corniculatum Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Bruguiera_sexangula Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Cynometra_iripa Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Excoecaria_agallocha Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Hibiscus_tiliaceus Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Sonneratia_caseolaris Vascular_Plants

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