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Barringtonia edulis - Seem.

Common Name Vutu kana, Cut nut
Family Lecythidaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dense and open forests, woodland and grassland, at elevations up to 400 metres[490 , 658 ]. Humid sites.
Range Southwestern Pacific - Fiji, Vanuatu.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Barringtonia edulis Vutu kana, Cut nut


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Barringtonia edulis is an evergreen Tree growing to 12 m (39ft) by 8 m (26ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. The flowers are pollinated by Moths, Bats.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Butonica edulis (Seem.) Miers Huttum edule (Seem.) Britten

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[324 , 490 , 658 ]. A flavour like raw peanuts[324 ]. The seed kernel inside the hard shell can be 3cm by 1cm in size[658 ]. Fruit - raw or cooked[324 ]. Insipid[324 ]. Fruit of the Barringtonia edulis is a rare fruit. Suitable for snacks for children, a good source of energy.

Medicinal Uses

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The bark is used in the treatment of stomach ailments and gonorrhoea[339 ]. A strong tea made from the bark is claimed to induce abortion and definitive sterility[389 ].

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Other Uses

The wood is light in weight. It is used for canoe paddles, casing, light construction[339 ]. The wood is used as a quick-burning firewood[339 ]. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

Cultivation details

Management: Standard  Regional Crop  Staple Crop: Balanced carb

Succeeds in full sun and in partial shade.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Hufa'a, Fiji: vutu; Niue: 'ai; Papua New Guinea: pau; Solomons: fala; Tonga: 'ai; Vanuatu: navels; Wallis & Futuna: vutu kai

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Asia, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Pacific, Papua New Guinea, PNG, SE Asia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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