The Green that Kills
If you think all trees are beneficial to the humanity,
you could land yourself into trouble.
The gigantic tree in the pic may look lushly green
and soothingly tranquil, but it is deadly toxic.
However people in Guangzhou working in the offices
built around the tree were fooled by its innocent appearance,
for years, thinking it's just a harmless Sterculia Lanceolata
(假萍婆), without realising their lives hang in balance, as just
one drop of the white milk from the tree would be powerful enough
to cause a violent death.
Fortunately some days ago someone with a pair of
discerning eyes saw through its true disposition and alerted
A team of experts were promptly sent to the scene
and confirmed it is indeed the legendary murderous plant Antiaris
toxicaria (见血封喉), also known as curare wood, the world's most
In the old days, hunters in the forest region Xichuangbanna
(西双版纳), Yunnan Province (云南), would dip their arrows in the tree
milk to help them kill the animals instantly.
(Source of info/photo: 陆先念 - 广州日报)
You know whom I'm thinking about right now ...