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The Manchineel Tree

Sometimes when I come across something when doing research I am shocked. I have been to Florida several times for work. At no time did they warn me that there was a deadly tree I should stay away from. It looks innocent enough and that could be food hanging from those branches.

A drop of sap from the tree can cause burns. Burning the bark produces a gas that causes blindness. Sometimes the blindness is temporary and sometimes it permanent. This doesn’t seem to be a chance I am interested in taking.

It makes me wonder, if you buy property with this kind of tree on it, how do you get rid of it?

  • Have you heard of this before?

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  • Have you seen a manchineel tree?

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  • Do you think a landowner would be responsible if someone was harmed?

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    • No

What do you think?

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  1. This tree is known in Venezuela, country where I live, like Manzanillo and grows wild especially on the beaches, and like Cmoneyspinner says, children learn to be away from him and not play with his fruit to avoid being affected .

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