Strychnine Tree

Common in northern Australia the bushy tree grows to about 5 metres and produces orange fruit from February to August.  The fruit is poisonous.

The fruit and bark of the tree were mashed up to use as a body wash to help cure general illness.  It was also used tossed into small pools of water to stun the fish which soon floated and were caught by hand before being cooked and eaten.

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