Scientific Name: Barringtonia racemosa (L.) Spreng.

Family Name: Lecythidaceae


In some regions, various parts of the Putat tree have traditional uses. For example, the bark has been used in traditional medicine, and the wood is occasionally employed for crafting items like tool handles.

While the tree has traditional uses, it’s important to note that some parts of Barringtonia racemosa, including the seeds, can be toxic if ingested. Care should be taken to avoid accidental consumption.

The tree plays a role in coastal ecosystems by providing habitat for various species, including birds and insects. Its presence in mangrove areas contributes to the overall biodiversity of these ecosystems.

Branches and wood is also suitable for fuel-wood. Wood has been applied in various kinds of wood-based panels such as hardboard, particleboard and block board, and has also been used for the production of pulp.

The seed contains saponins and is poisonous hence its application as a fish poison. The fuits are also used to poison wild pigs.