Something I Did Not Know
That little tree in the picture is called a "stink palm" locally. I have no idea what its proper name is, but the nickname certainly fits. I remember them from when I was a kid, more years ago than I care to admit to. And I don't like them any more now than I did back then. When cut -- or when branches are snapped off -- they emit a really foul smell. If I owned a piece of propery and found any of them growing there, I'd cut 'em down in a heartbeat.
It is said that every cloud has a silver lining. The silver lining to this one is that when the stink palms are grown much larger, the wood of the trunk makes a mighty fine bow. Maybe I'll let one grow and try that out.