Hura crepitans (Sandbox Tree)
Euphorbiaceae | Cactus
Native To:North and South America
Tree, big leaves
Range: 90-130 feet
Plant Habitat:Tropical regions
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.
One name for the tree was ‘dynamite tree’ because the seed pods on the tree would explode and make a loud noise.