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Mystery Monday - Name That Tree!

By February 11, 2013

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Welcome to Mystery Monday! Last week's shrub was the Japanese pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira), and our winner was Jomo. Congratulations!

Your clues for this week:

  • This tree is part of the Lecythidaceae family.
  • You usually see it in coastal regions around the Indian ocean and it is the only species in the genus native to South Africa.
  • Its genus was named in honor of Daines Barrington, a botanist from the 1700s.

Good luck!


February 12, 2013 at 6:13 am
(1) jomo says:

Barringtonia racemosa

February 13, 2013 at 3:28 am
(2) Anand Dogra says:

It is Barringtonia for sure. The species could be racemosa, likely, or else acutangula.

February 13, 2013 at 11:35 am
(3) celesteparadela says:

we have a this fruit in the Philippines, we call it in our dialect Macopa or Bell fruit. The color is dark red.

February 13, 2013 at 11:46 am
(4) celesteparadela says:

the scientific of Macopa is Syzygium Samaragenense

February 14, 2013 at 10:58 am
(5) Karen says:

Definitely Barrintonia racemosa, which is native to South Africa.

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