The Brazillian pepper tree is a plant which was brought here to Florida in 1905 for decorative purposes. The Brazillian pepper tree is called that for the pepper smell it emits when the leaves are crushed. The tree is related to poison ivy and the sap can be an irritant to those with sensitive skins. This tree has become a problem because the tree itself is horrible for the habitat and does not make suitable for the natural creatures here. It is quick to reproduce and birds aid in its spread of seeds. It is difficult to get rid of due to the fact that when burning the smoke becomes toxic and the tree is dense and riddled with stems so it becomes difficult to cut down along with its skin irritating properties.