Brazillian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)

byrne at byrne at
Wed Mar 30 08:58:55 EST 1994

April 1994 Scientific American reports on new plant life in Florida
Everglades, including the "Brazillian Pepper" (Schinus terebinthifolius).
Apparently this ornamental tree was brought to Florida in 1892 and is
now rampant. After 1992's Hurricane Andrew, it spread into mangrove
stands where it is difficult to remove.

The article says "The pepper's seeds are mildly hallucinogenic and
some biologists report seeing birds so intoxicated from these seeds
that they could not fly".

Does anyone know anything else about this? 
Is it really a "pepper" plant, whatever that means?
What does it look like? Are these controlled substances?

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