|Common name||Brazilian pepper tree|
|Botanical name||Schinus terebinthifolius|
|Other common names||Broad-leaved pepper tree|
|General description||A small tree which grows up to 6m tall, sometimes up to 16m, previously planted as a garden ornamental, but now a weed in coastal areas. The tree is quite resinous and aromatic, especially when the leaves are crushed.|
|Flowers||The flowers are small and white, with petals about 2mm long, and occur in massed inflorescences.|
|Leaves||The leaves consist of 5 to 9 leaflets opposite to each other. The leaflets are 3 to 8cm long and 1.5 to 3.5cm wide.|
|Fruit/Berries||The fruits are bright red, shiny berries, rounded in shape, about 6mm in diameter.|
|Other||The sap is clear and sticky.|
|Symptoms||If berries are eaten they may cause vomiting and diarrhoea. The sap may cause dermatitis and eye irritation.
When flowering, the tree may cause sneezing, asthma-like reactions and headache.
|Toxicity category||2, 3, 4|
|Warning||For all eye exposures rinse the eye with water for 15 minutes and then seek urgent medical assistance.|