Poison apples?

Pond apples aren’t poison …

Not that eating them tastes any good.

But the bark of poison wood tree is.

And here’s the catch:

Poison wood leaves are strikingly similar to the pond apple and often confused with the Gumbo Limbo too, better known as the tourist tree because of the way its bark peals away in think red sheets as if burned in the Florida sun.

How can a tourist tell a poison wood tree from a pond apple or Gumbo Limbo?

The pond apple grows in the water while the other two prefer dry land.

Then there’s always “learning the hard way” (getting the rash first hand) or the smart way: wearing long sleeves.

That will protect you from the poison wood and the sun …

Just watch where you hang your shirt in the event you get warm!

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