The Flora and Ethnobotany of Cat Island, Bahamas
Willard Sherman Turrell Herbarium (MU)
Metopium toxiferum Au: (L.) Krug & Urb.
Poison Wood, Gaul Wood (not many people call it this)
Tree with bright orange clusters of fruit. Leaflets are a dark shiny
green with yellow petioles, often with black resin on them. Tree
bark is mottled orange-brown-white and gray.
Industrious Hill settlement, found south of the primary school. Disturbed
roadside tall dry evergreen forest / coppice.
24°27’ 19” N Longitude 75°32’93” W
CAUTlON-contact dermatitis will ensue if you touch the plant dried or
alive. One reported putting the sap on a cotton ball and placing cotton on
tooth for a toothache. Another reported that the "dust" of the tree bark is
placed on ring worm.
Laurel R. Richey
00-837 Duplicates 3 Date July 1,2000
Plants Dried Using a Kerosene Heater
Vouchers for Laurel Richey's PhD Dissertation