The tree did it

Sandbox treeIf Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius, were somehow to decide that the only way to capture his prey would be to plant a tree, this is the tree he would plant:

A member of the spurge family, the sandbox tree (Hura crepitans) grows 90 to 130 feet tall in its native environment. You can easily recognize the tree by its gray bark covered with cone-shaped spikes. The tree has distinctly different male and female flowers. Once fertilized, the female flowers produce the pods containing the sandbox tree’s exploding seeds. Sandbox tree fruit looks like little pumpkins, but once they dry into seed capsules, they become ticking time bombs. When fully mature, they explode with a loud bang and fling their hard, flattened seeds at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and distances of over 60 feet. The shrapnel can seriously injure any person or animal in its path. As bad as this is, the exploding seed pods are only one of the ways that a sandbox tree can inflict harm.

“Only one”?

The fruit of the sandbox tree is poisonous, causing vomiting, diarrhea and cramps if ingested. The tree sap is said to cause an angry red rash, and it can blind you if it gets in your eyes. It has been used to make poison darts.


You should never plant a sandbox tree. It is too dangerous to have around people or animals, and when planted in isolated areas it is likely to spread.

Not sure they’d grow there, but this idea of Kim du Toit’s is worth passing on:

In the interests of Saving Mother Gaia, we should plant a ten-mile deep line of these bad boys along our southern border; I mean, who can be against reforestation?

Yeah. Who needs that damn wall anyway?


  1. L. Beau Macaroni »

    27 March 2019 · 3:24 pm

    Chas, you have excellent taste in your animated entertainment. Wile E. Coyote has long been a comedy favorite of mine as well.

  2. McGehee »

    27 March 2019 · 5:02 pm

    Can the sandbox tree be where the U.S. military got the idea for the Claymore mine?

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