Spurge (Euphorbiaceae) Family
Description: Manchineel is a tree reaching up to 15 meters (45 feet) high with alternate, shiny green leaves and spikes of small greenish flowers. Its fruits are green or greenish-yellow when ripe.
This tree is extremely toxic. It causes severe dermatitis in most individuals after only 0.5 hour. Even water dripping from the leaves may cause dermatitis. The smoke from burning it irritates the eyes. No part of this plant should be considered a food.
Habitat and Distribution: The tree prefers coastal regions. It is found in south Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America.