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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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.
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).