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    This is a new one to me...grows in south Florida among other places...beware.

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    Why manchineel might be Earth's most dangerous tree.

    The manchineel tree, which ranges from South Florida to northern South America, is an endangered species. It's also a very dangerous species, dubbed 'little apple of death' by Spanish conquistadors.



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    The manchineel tree may be endangered, but so is anyone who messes with it. That's because this rare tropical plant, which offers deceptively sweet fruit, is one of the most poisonous trees on Earth.

    Manchineels are notorious in their native habitats, the sandy soils and mangroves of South Florida, the Caribbean, Central America and northern South America. Many are labeled with warning signs like the one pictured below. But aside from poisoning the occasional conquistador, tourist and literary character, manchineel is relatively obscure considering it holds the world record for most dangerous tree.

    The fruits are the most obvious threat, earning manchineel the name manzanita de la muerte, or "little apple of death," from Spanish conquistadors. Resembling a small green crabapple about 1 to 2 inches wide, the sweet-smelling fruits can cause hours of agony and potentially death with a single bite.

    "I rashly took a bite from this fruit and found it pleasantly sweet," radiologist Nicola Strickland wrote in a 2000 British Medical Journal article about eating manchineel with a friend. "Moments later we noticed a strange peppery feeling in our mouths, which gradually progressed to a burning, tearing sensation and tightness of the throat. The symptoms worsened over a couple of hours until we could barely swallow solid food because of the excruciating pain and the feeling of a huge obstructing pharyngeal lump."

    Poison apples are just the beginning, though. Every part of a manchineel is toxic, and according to the Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), "interaction with and ingestion of any part of this tree may be lethal." That includes bark, leaves and the milky sap, one drop of which can scorch the skin of shade-seeking beach-goers. Even without touching the tree itself, people (and car paint) have been burned by the thick, caustic sap as rain washes it off branches overhead.
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    Default Re: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

    Interesting, I would not eat it but might touch the tree. I will look out for it now.

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    In CT, we had a quince bush. Beautiful when in bloom but don't eat the apples!
    You can see the 'bush' behind Mike and I. 5/12/1978

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    Prom???
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    Default Re: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

    Quote Originally Posted by KathyInAR View Post
    Prom???
    My junior.
    I found a preacher who spoke of the light but there was brimstone in his throat
    He'd show me the way according to him in return for my personal check
    I flipped my channel back to CNN and I lit another cigarette

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    Default Re: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

    Sweet!
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    Default Re: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

    I do not eat anything in the wild I am not absolutely certain as to what it is. I would probably handle it though.

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    Default Re: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

    Thanks for informing.

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    Default Re: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

    A new information. Thanks for sharing it.

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