Comocladia dodonaea - Chicharron - Poison Ash - (Cashew Family - Anacardiaceae) is a small tree native to Puerto Rico's dry South. This tree is related to poison ivy and can cause severe allergic reactions in people susceptible to it. The sap is one of the more common causes of plant-induced dermatitis on the Caribbean islands Hispaniola, PR, St. Croix and some of the Lesser Antilles it can be found on. The plant already doesn't look too inviting to the touch with the spiny leaves. It is quite common up to 1000 feet in altitude in the dry hills of the south (the photos where taken close to Salinas) where it even can become locally abundant. 


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