Another plant we don’t like
The more we trek around the brush on these islands, the more plants we come in contact with that are not super friendly towards humans. I wrote quite some time ago about the Manchineel tree, nicknamed the “Little Apple of Death.” In the Clive Cussler novel that I am currently reading on my Kindle, an assassin kills a small plane full of passengers by adding Manchineel to their food!
Fortunately we have not been overtaken by the desire to ingest strange little pieces of fruit that we happen upon in the woods and thus are still among the living. We have however run into another nasty little plant, the Sand Spur, on a number of occasions. These little buggers have to be some of the sharpest plants out there. In the photo below you’ll see how they have imbedded themselves in my flip flop! If you have the bad luck to step on one, once you finish swearing, you will probably find that it will stick itself in your fingers as you try to remove it. We are definitely not fans of the Sand Spur!