|HURA CREPITANS L. - SANDBOX TREE.|
Ochoo, arbol del diablo, acacu, monkey's dinner-bell, habillo, ceiba de leche, sand-box tree, possum wood, dynamite tree, ceiba blanca, assacu, posentri.
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family).
Sandbox tree is a tropical tree that reach a height of 90 to 130 feet, with a spiny trunk and spreading branches.
The grey bark is covered with conical spines.
The long-stemmed, leaves are papery thin, heart-shaped and up to 2 feet long. It has red flowers.
The plant secretes a yellowish milky juice used by Amerindians to poison darts.
The juice contains two lectins, which have haemagglutinating activity; that inhibits protein synthesis.
The pumpkin-shaped seedpod explodes with a loud bang so that the flat seeds are dispersed over a wide area.
These seeds are emetic and when green, very purgative.
Oil extracted from the dried seeds are also used as a purgative.
It's pale, yellow or brown, soft wood is used for furniture under the name Hura.
In Suriname, the sandbox tree often can be found in nearly pure stands on moist sandy loam soil in the flat coastal region.
Suriname's traditional medicine
The leaves are used against eczema.
USDA zone 10 A - 11.
Seeds and cuttings.
Due to recalcitrant nature of the seeds, they have a short viable life, can not be dried well and can not withstand low temperatures.
Partial / full sun; moist soil, sandy loam.
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