Excoecaria cochinchinensis (blindness tree)

Posted on December 10, 2019 / 920
Listing Type : Flora

It is a plant species in the genus Excoecaria, which is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia and China. it is a subtropical evergreen shrub with a woody stem, growing up to 1-2 m (3.3-6.6 ft) high. Its leaves are opposite, their texture shiny and papery, the upper surface dark green or variegated and the underside a deep maroon. The leaves measure 6-14 cm by 2-4 cm (2.4-5.5 in by 0.8-1.6 in). The common name of the blindness tree comes from Latin “excoecaria”, to make blind. Contact of sap in the eyes has been reported to cause blindness. The Latin name cochinchinensis derives from Cochinchina, an old name for Vietnam. it is typically used as a tropical ornamental, greenhouse, or house plant

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