In the Caribbean there's a species of tree that is so highly toxic, it can kill you. Before it does so however, it will cause you to erupt in burning blisters all over your skin. You might lose your voice and you could go blind. This tree is called the manchineel tree, nicknamed the manzanilla (little apple).
|As I bent over these apples to take the photo, the tour guide yelled at me|
to keep away. He feared I was attempting to touch them.
|Some islands have more sophisticated signs, but this hand painted|
one makes the point in several languages.
As for the giant hogweed, I suppose we'll just have to steer clear and wait to see if anything is done about it. It is currently not listed among the world's top ten most poisonous plants. The manchineel tree is.
Take a look to see if you recognize any of the other nine. Copy and paste if necessary.