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Barringtonia edulis


Barringtonia edulis

Family Name: Lecythidaceae
Common Name: Cutnut

Barringtonia edulis, also known as Cutnut, has charismatic pendulous inflorescence which can reach up to 1.8 m long. The seeds are eaten raw or cooked and taste like peanuts.


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 15 m


Native Distribution Fiji
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Tree up to 15 m tall.
Foliage Bright green, glossy leaves are obovate-oblong to oblanceolate (25-75 cm long, 8-30 cm wide). They are spirally arranged in a rosette-like cluster near the branch tips.
Flowers Pink or cream flowers are spirally arranged on a racemose inflorescence that hangs down from the branch tips. Inflorescence can reach 65 - 180 cm long and each stalk consists of about 40 flowers.
Fruit Green, purplish or red fruits are egg-shaped or elongated (4.5 - 9 cm long and 2 - 4.5 cm wide). Each fruit contains 1 seed which is distinctly fissured.
Habitat It is found in forest, woodland and pasture, up to 400 m altitude.
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts : Edible Seeds
Food (Fruit or Vegetable): The seeds are eaten raw or cooked and taste like raw peanuts.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Coastal

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White, Red

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Master ID 1453
Species ID 2746
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.