Its scientific name is Hippomane Mancinella, but it is known as “the tree of death” or also as “the chamomile of death”.
This impressive tree grows in coastal locations, generally on sandy soil. Its extension has been recorded from Florida to Colombia, but it has also been seen in some Caribbean islands.
The tree of death in some cases exceeds 20 meters in height, but the most notable thing is that it grows straight. It should be noted that they generally collapse in their growth stage, due to growing in coastal areas.
Its shape has a broken appearance, where the trunk and its large number of branches are covered with a broad gray bark. Furthermore, experts explain that its name Hippomane comes from two different Greek words: “hippo” which means horse, and “mane” which means mania.
The chamomile of death was named Hippomane by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus, who could see that the horses went mad after ingesting their fruits.
The fruit that grows on this tree is similar to the classic apple, but it also has a very pleasant smell. As a result, this fruit can deceive any human being, as well as any animal, and cause their death.
Symptoms that may appear when ingest or rub. These fruits are Diarrhea, vomiting, burning, blisters, rashes, and also inflammations on the skin.
However, professionals recommend not being near a Hippomane if it is being incinerated, since smoke can cause respiratory problems and even temporary blindness.
Surely many people are unaware of the existence and fatality of this tree, so it is very helpful to spread this information.
Source: Wikipedia, BBC