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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As the boys pause to happily chew on almonds, one imagines their ancestors a few millennia ago, wandering through these very forests and testing the native fruit to discover which bring pleasure (like almonds) and which bring death (like the manchineel).
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.
On the flat ground next to mangroves, other floodable forests form consisting of different species that either cannot tolerate salinity as well as mangroves, such as the manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), or that live only in areas flooded by fresh water, such as the custard apple (Annona glabra).
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.