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Lecheso: Stemmadenia galeottiana (Apocynaceae)

LechesoLechoso is typically seen as a small tree with bright white fragrant flowers that flower throughout the year. It yeilds small fruits that look like the hooks of a miniature anchor. Like many plants in the Apocynaceae family the sap is reported to be toxic. Its native to central America, but now grown circumtropical.

 

 


LechesoFrom a taxonomic standpoint, lecheso resides in the genus Stemmadenia which contains about 20 other trees and shrubs from tropical america. All have similar shapped fruits. ONe such as Stemmadenia obovata. is named horse testicles, because of the fruits.

 


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