Blind your eye mangrove

Excoecaria agallocha (Euphorbiaceae)

Characteristics

Small tree, up to 15 m tall. Dioecious (trees either male or female). Pollinators such as bees commonly visit the flowers. Fruit is a small dark capsule.

Distribution

Common in mangrove swamps from Bangladesh, India, Australia as well as on the shores of the Philippine and Pacific Islands.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

The milky latex is very poisonous and powerfully irritant, which is not unusual in milky species of plant in the family Euphorbiaceae. Contact with skin causes irritation and rapid blistering; slight contact with eyes can cause temporary blindness. Even the smoke from the burning wood is poisonous and can harm the eyes.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species