Hura crepitans

Hura crepitans (Sandbox Tree)

Euphorbiaceae | Cactus

Native To:

North and South America

Plant Status:

Secure

Plant Habit:

Tree, big leaves
Range: 90-130 feet

Plant Habitat:

Tropical regions

Cultural Uses

The oil extracted from dried seeds is used as a purgative. The plant secretes a milky juice that was used in poison darts. The leaves are also used to treat eczema. Non-medicinally, the empty seed pods were filled with sand in which to dip quill pens, to get rid of excess ink.

Interesting Fact

One name for the tree was ‘dynamite tree’ because the seed pods on the tree would explode and make a loud noise.

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