Botanical name: Excoecaria agallocha Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
The reason behind the curious name of this tree is that the milky sap of this tree can cause temporary blindness if it enters the eyes. Blinding Tree is a small, evergreen or deciduous, unisexual tree, rarely up to 20 m tall, exuding poisonous white latex from all broken surfaces. Young leaves are pink and old leaves withering scarlet, blades elliptic, with upcurled sides. Male inflorescences hanging, narrow, 5-1 0 cm long; female inflorescences shorter, 1-4-cm long. Capsule are about 7 mm in diameter, often splitting open explosively. Blinding Tree is found in South India to southern Japan, Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands.
Identification credit: Manasi Karangutkar
The flower labeled Blinding Tree is ...