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Genus: Barringtonia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Order: Ericales > Family: Lecythidaceae

About 39 species, native to tropical Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Madagascar. One species is native to southern Africa and a further two species are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Barringtonia racemosa (Powderpuff tree)

See PlantzAfrica


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Barringtonia acutangula (Chik dong)

Native from Pakistan to the Pacific.


Barringtonia asiatica (Chik ta le)

Native from Madagascar to the Pacific.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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