Christmas Island Botanical Postage Stamps
Date of issue: 30 June 1986
Designer: Ian Loe, England
Printer: Format International
Part of a series of four stamps on indigenous flowers
Plant: Barringtonia racemosa
Putat, Hanging Flower
This is one of the largest forest trees on Christmas Island, forming about 17% of the primary forest canopy.
It also occurs in East Africa, Madagascar, SE Asia, NE Australia and Pacific islands.
It grows to about 30 m tall. The fruit are 5-7 cm long, ovoid and weakly 4-angled, and are often seen washed up on coasts.