Fish poison tree Barringtonia asiatica, copyright Joel Abroad.

Belongs within: Ericales.

The Lecythidaceae are a pantropical group of flowering trees and shrubs with showy flowers. Members include the Old World tropical genus Barringtonia, of which the fish poison tree B. asiatica is grown as an ornamental shade tree while its seeds are used to prepare fish poison.

Characters (from Flora of China): Trees or shrubs, evergreen. Leaves alternate, usually crowded toward apices of branchlets, shortly petiolate; stipules usually absent; leaf blade simple. Flowers showy, borne in short, bracteate racemes or spikes, actinomorphic or zygomorphic, bisexual. Calyx with a campanulate tube adnate to ovary; lobes 4-6, thick. Petals 4-6, free, rarely absent. Stamens many, united at base into several whorls, often several sterile, either monadelphous and equally arranged around disk, or diadelphous in 2 unequal bundles, outermost staminodial; anthers basifixed, 2-celled, opening by longitudinal slits. Disk sometimes lobed. Ovary inferior or semi-inferior, 2-6-loculed; ovules 1 to many per locule; placentation axile; style terminal, simple; stigma capitate. Fruit an indehiscent berry or operculate capsule, often crowned by persistent calyx lobes. Seed(s) 1 to many; endosperm absent.

<==Lecythidaceae [Lecythidineae]
|–Foetidia [Foetidioideae] T00
|–Asteranthos [Asteranthoideae, Scytopetaloideae] T00
|–Lecythis DL99 [Lecythidoideae T00]
|    `–L. ampla DL99
|–Napoleonoideae T00
|    |–Crateranthus T00
|    `–Napoleonaea K01
`–Barringtonioideae [Planchonioideae] T00
|–Planchonia LK14
|    |–P. careya LK14
|    |–P. papuana C78
|    `–P. rupestris LK14
`–Barringtonia CW92
|–B. acutangula LK14
|–B. asiatica P88
|–B. calyptrata CW92
|–B. conoidea P88
|–B. luzoniensis BMM99
|–B. racemosa SB12
|–B. speciosa YZ02
`–B. yunnanensis BMM99

Lecythidaceae incertae sedis:
Careya S02
|–C. arborea S02
`–C. australis B88
Gustavia superba MM96
Eschweilera Martius ex DC. 1828 S62
`–E. odorata F11
Couratari scottmorii C09
Couroupita guianensis W09
Barringtonioxylon deccanense Shallom 1960 CBH93
Lecythidospermum CBH93
Marginipollis concinnus CBH93

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[LK14] Lyons, M. N., G. J. Keighery, L. A. Gibson & T. Handasyde. 2014. Flora and vegetation communities of selected islands off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 81: 205–244.

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[YZ02] Yahya, H. S. A., & A. A. Zarri. 2002. Status, ecology and behaviour of Narcondam hornbill (Aceros narcondami) in Narcondam Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 99 (3): 434–445.

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