What is the most poisonous tree in the world?
Answer: Do not eat, touch, or even inhale the air around the Manchineel Tree. According to the Guinness World Records, the Manchineel tree is in fact the most dangerous tree in the world. As explained by the Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, all parts of Manchineel are extremely poisonous, and “interaction with and ingestion of any part of this tree may be lethal”. The Manchineel tree can choke you with its fruit, poison you with its sap, and blind you with its smoke. Literally every part of the tree is poisonous. Native to Florida, the Caribbean and Central America, the Manchineel is rumored to have killed the famed explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon.
The manchineel tree is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family. It is native to tropical southern North America and northern South America. Scientific name: Hippomane mancinella
Higher classification: Hippomane. Rank: Species
It’s also a very dangerous species, dubbed ‘little apple of death’ by Spanish conquistadors. The manchineel tree may be endangered, but so is anyone who messes with it. That’s because this rare tropical plant, which offers deceptively sweet fruit, is one of the most poisonous trees on Earth.
Manchineel is native to the Caribbean, the U.S. state of Florida, The Bahamas, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. The manchineel tree can be found on coastal beaches and in brackish swamps where it grows among mangroves.