BOTONG

Scientific Name: Barringtonia asiatica (L.) Kurz

Family Name: Lecythidaceae

Facts: 

The extracts from the leaves and seeds of the Botong tree are believed to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and are used to treat skin conditions and rheumatism.

Dried fruit is ground and mixed with water and taken for coughs, influenza, sore throats and bronchitis.

Externally it is applied to wounds and a swollen spleen.

The tree produces fragrant and showy flowers, which are usually white or pink. The fruits are large, woody capsules that float, aiding in dispersal by water.

The tree is known for its striking appearance when in bloom.