manchineel


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manchineel

(măn″kĭ-nēl′) [Sp. manzanilla, small apple]
A tree, Hippomane mancinella, native to tropical America that contains a milky, poisonous sap. Contact with the sap causes blistering of the skin. The fruit is also poisonous.
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An instant later, it becomes clear that the method of execution for Inez and her ladies will be the poisonous vapours of the manchineel tree; followed, it seems, once they are unconscious, by the double-edged sword of justice.
Aida ends with a love duet between Radames and Aida in the tomb, L'Africaine with a duet between two disappointed lovers: Selika, who has lost Vasco to Inez, and Nelusko, who is about to lose Selika and probably himself to the manchineel.
Inez survives death, though all her ladies are killed by inhaling the fragrance of the manchineel tree, and confronts Selika in a climactic duet.
There's an indefinable magic about the place, from the rocky, barren northern point, along down the west coast, studded with luxury hotels, villas and restaurants, to the south coast, where the serious parties happen, and round to the wild and woolly east coast, where the angry Atlantic crashes in on stunning rocky shores, and surfers trade tips beneath the manchineel trees.
Governor Grant's Livery Grimmeodendron young manchineel leaf base eglandulosum (A.