Manchineel


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Manchineel

 

(Hippomane mandnella), a tropical plant of the family Euphorbiaceae that grows in Mexico, on the Antilles Islands, and in Colombia. It is a small tree with ovate-lanceolate leaves and drupelike fruits. Its leaves and bark contain a poisonous milky sap.

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Another inaccuracy is that the tree under which Selika dies is a manchineel, found only in the West Indies, but the only tree with poisoned flowers of which Meyerbeer and his librettist Eugene Scribe were aware.
The Hip pomane mancinella, or manchineel tree, indigenous to Puerto Rico, is among the most poisonous plants on earth.
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Typical vegetation of the forest are the trees Hippomane mancinella (manchineel), Tabebuia heterophylla (pink trumpet tree), Exostema caribaeum (Caribbean princewood), and the shrubs Eupatorium sinuatum, Lantana involucrate, and Croton betulinus.
Typical vegetation of the forest are the trees Hippomane mancinella (manchineel), Tahehuia heterophylla (pink trumpet tree), Exostema caribaeum (Caribbean princewood), and the shrubs Eupatorium sinuatum, Lantana involucrate, and Croton hetulinus.
Watch out for the manchineel tree; its sap, leaves, fruit, and bark burn, and contact with eyes can cause blindness.