jamaicensis in the West Indies were beach forests; 3 of these were forests of poisonous manchineel
trees (Hippomane mancinella L.
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.
Though all her ladies are killed by inhaling the poisonous fragrance of the manchineel
tree, Inez survives to confront Selika, in a climactic duet.
And while most animals ignore manchineel
fruit, the pearly-eyed thrasher and some land crabs reportedly devour them.
Watch out for the manchineel
tree; its sap, leaves, fruit, and bark burn, and contact with eyes can cause blindness.
On the flat ground next to mangroves, other floodable forests form consisting of different species that either cannot tolerate salinity as well as mangroves, such as the manchineel
(Hippomane mancinella), or that live only in areas flooded by fresh water, such as the custard apple (Annona glabra).