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Plant Morphology: Growth Form: Large tree, able to grow up to about 40 m tall in its natural habitat. Trunk: Surface of trunk has dark, conical spines, bark is grey. Descriptions and articles about the Sandbox Tree, scientifically known as Hura crepitans in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Comprehensive Descri. Image of Hura crepitans. Hura crepitans Trusted. Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA © Marco Schmidt. Source.

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The editors could not find any specific information on the management of this crepitane. Consistent follow-up work is required for sustainable management. Click on images to enlarge trunk Photo: Large sandbox tree in Honolulu.

These spines have caused it to be called monkey no-climb. The red flowers have no petals. Readable yet also very detailed. Hura crepitans in St. Control is generally best applied to the least infested areas before dense infestations hurra tackled. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best. This tree prefers wet soil, and partial shade or partial sun to full sun.

The segments of the woody fruits can cause dermatitis when they are used in bracelets and necklaces.

Fishermen have been said to use the milky, caustic sap from this tree to poison fish. The long-stalked, dark-green leaves cover a round-crowned, high-branching tree.


Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here. There was a problem creppitans your submission. Canopy, showing spines on trunk Photograph by: It is nearly 30 m feet tall with a girth of more than 1 yura 3.

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Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata Articles with Portuguese-language external links.

Thank you for your feedback. Seeds are flattened and about 2 cm in diameter. Hura crepitans, Hura polyandra.

Hura crepitans

Fruit and seed Photograph by: Hura crepitans Scientific classification Kingdom: Tree growing in native habitat Photograph by: It is recognized by the many dark, pointed spines and smooth brown bark.

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American Indians, vol 3, p. Paul Bolstad, University of Minnesota, Bugwood. Sandbox trees are sometimes grown as boulevard trees but have disadvantages in their poisonous leaves, bark, and seeds and the explosions of their capsules, which have force enough to injure persons or livestock. The pumpkin-shaped fruit of Hura crepitans was once used for holding fine dry sand used for blotting ink before the introduction of blotting paper, hence the common name ‘sandbox tree’.

If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Hura crepitansthe sandbox tree[2] also known as possumwood and jabillois an evergreen tree of the spurge family Euphorbiaceaenative to tropical regions of North and South Americaincluding the Amazon Rainforest.


Hura xrepitans is a tree growing to 40 meters high. Seeds are dispersed up to 14 metres away. Male flowers grow on long spikes ; female flowers are solitary. Archived from the original pdf on Not for the casual reader. Keep Exploring Britannica Animal. Available for download on the internet. Retrieved from ” https: As medicine, it treats skin diseases, rheumatism, intestinal worms and has been used in the United States of America to prepare tear gas; bark extract is used to treat leprosy and wood used in light construction.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hura crepitans. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region. Sandbox treeeither of two species of large trees Hura crepitans and H. Its seeds are flattened and about 0. Male flowers grow on long spikes; female flowers are solitary in axils.

The latex is used as arrow poison and is said to cause ailing teeth to fall out. The Hurw of Encyclopaedia Britannica. The best form of invasive species management is prevention.