This large poisonous tree grows commonly behind Antigua’s beaches. The fruit resembles a small green apple; it is poisonous, so don’t sample it!

The Caribs took the white sap of a broken twig and spread it on their arrowheads as poison. An immediate antidote is seawater.
Do not touch any part of the tree or stand under it in the rain, as the sap from the fruit is poisonous and can cause painful blistering. If you do accidentally find you are under a tree wash yourself immediately in the nearest source of water.
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Special thanks to the late Desmond Nicholson of the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda and Peter Duce for making this section of Antigua Nice Ltd possible!



Antigua Flora: Manchioneel

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