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January 1, 2016

The Tree of Death


The tree produces a thick, milky sap, which oozes out of everything - the bark, the leaves and even the fruit - and can cause severe, burn-like blisters if it comes into contact with the skin. This sap contains a range of toxins, but it's thought that the most serious reactions come from phorbol, an organic compoun
d that belongs to the diterpene family of esters. Because phorbol is highly water-soluble, you don't even want to be standing under a manchineel when it's raining - the raindrops carrying the diluted sap can still severely burn your skin. -- ScienceAlert

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 1, 2016 8:50 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I wouldn't mind a few hundred along my property line.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 1, 2016 6:07 PM

Were we not become a gutless people we would exterminate the bastards.

Posted by: Fred Z [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 1, 2016 7:23 PM

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