The Tranquil backwaters of Kerala ,India provide an Ideal Habitat for a Deadly Tree from the Oleander family to flourish in the Wild. ( for more pictures on the Poovar region to read up an earlier blog titled RIVER OF FLOWERS and TRANQUILITY )
Bearing beautiful White Flowers which resemble “Temple Flowers” ( Frangipanni) , the Tree flourishes and adorns Coastal Swamps, Salty Marshes and the Banks of all the Water Channels.( do see the Tree in the previous blog titled PRETTY RED TOES as well ).
The Jungle Mango or Sea Mango ( English), othalanga maram ( Malyalam, language spoken in Kerala) , Cerebra odollam ( Scientific name) is native to Southern India and South East Asia.
The “Periwinkle” Like Pretty White Flowers with their discrete yellow centres however hide a deathly secret .
Resembling delicious raw Green Mangoes ( check out an earlier blog titled “KING and I” do check out pictures of green mangoes) from a distance ,the Oval Fruits have perfected the art of BIO MIMICRY in deceit.
However, Beware ,these are No mangoes and are in fact bearers of a Lethal Poison that will Kill a Human in but a few hours.
So Lethal and Swift is the poison ( called cerebrin ) that the Pong Pong ( so called in South East Asia) Tree is also called Suicide Tree.
The Enchanting Poovar Backwaters in Southern Kerala, India looks so tranquil, calm and beautiful who would have guessed that the Perfect Murder weapon grows here with Free Abandon.