Meet the five deadliest trees in the world

Meet the five deadliest trees in the world

Beauty or Beast? Unmasking the World’s Five Most Toxic Trees

When appreciating trees, we often laud them for their aesthetic appeal or ecological contribution. However, certain trees pack a toxic punch, proving that looks can indeed be deceiving!

Who is the ‘Little Apple of Death’?

Manchineel tree, or the “little apple of death,” rightly tops our list. Known for its apple-like fruits, this tree holds the Guinness World Record as the most dangerous tree in the world. Contact with its milky sap can cause blistering on the skin, and consuming its fruit can lead to severe throat and stomach irritation.

Is There a Killer in my Backyard?

Often found in gardens, the Oleander might surprise you with its lethal properties. Despite its beautiful flowers, every part of this plant is deadly. Ingesting its leaves or flowers can cause severe digestive upset, irregular heart activity, and even death.

Can a Tree Sting Like a Bee?

Ever heard of a tree that can ‘sting’? Meet the Gympie Gympie, aka the ‘suicide plant.’ Native to Australia, its leaves are covered with tiny silica-tipped hairs that deliver an excruciatingly painful sting upon touch. The pain can last for months!

Which Tree Wears the ‘King of Poisons’ Crown?

Regarded as the ‘King of Poisons,’ the deadly Aconitum, also known as Monkshood, can kill with just a small dose. Contact with the skin can cause numbness, while ingestion can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and possibly even paralysis or death.

Is There a Poisonous Beauty?

A deadly beauty, the Cerbera Odollam, or ‘Suicide Tree,’ is often used in suicide and murder cases in South Asia. Consuming the kernels found within its mango-like fruit can cause irregular heartbeat, coma, and eventually, death.

Intriguing Facts about Toxic Trees
  1. The Manchineel tree’s fruit is so toxic that even standing under this tree during rainfall can cause blisters as the raindrops splash its sap!
  2. The Oleander is one of the most poisonous commonly grown garden plants.
  3. The sting from a Gympie Gympie can remain potent for years after the leaf has died.
  4. Aconitum has been used as a poison in arrowheads for hunting and warfare.
  5. The Cerbera Odollam is often used in shellfish poisoning due to its toxic compounds.
Links for Further Reading
  1. Unmasking the World’s Most Poisonous Plant
  2. Killer Plants: The Venus Flytrap and Other Deadly Flora
  3. The Suicide Tree and More of the World’s Most Dangerous Plants

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