Whilst researching various cryptids I came upon and interesting one it’s the man eating tree, yes you read that right.
There have been various legends dating back as far as the 1800’s, although there are many carnivorous plants such as the Nepenthes mirabilis found
in many regions such as Borneo, Sumatra, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sulawesi, Maluku, Myanmar, Cambodia, New Guinea, Australia, Philippines,
Indochina, China, Hong Kong, Micronesia, Macau and Palau and the Heliamphora typically found in Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil I have never heard of a
man eating tree.
As various legends have it these trees are large enough to kill a full sized human by constricting them in its branches. Members of the Mkodo tribe of
Madagascar offered a woman in sacrifice to the dreaded tree. So I decided to do a little digging to see if I could come up with something on this. I
found info on this tree from the following site;
For the most part the aforementioned are mere annoyances, but there are other things in Madagascar that can make you twitch your last.
The most notorious is the so-called man-eating tree of Madagascar. The first European description of this bulbous tree, a kind of elephantine Venus
flytrap, appeared in the South Australian Register of 1881. In horrifying detail, the author tells how he watched aghast as members of the Mkodo tribe
offered a woman in sacrifice to the dreaded tree, whose white, transparent leaves reminded him of the quivering mouthparts of an insect:
The slender delicate palpi, with the fury of starved serpents, quivered a moment over her head, then as if instinct with demoniac intelligence
fastened upon her in sudden coils round and round her neck and arms; then while her awful screams and yet more awful laughter rose wildly to be
instantly strangled down again into a gurgling moan, the tendrils one after another, like great green serpents, with brutal energy and infernal
rapidity, rose, retracted themselves, and wrapped her about in fold after fold, ever tightening with cruel swiftness and savage tenacity of anacondas
fastening upon their prey.
It has been suggested that this tree is a fabrication as no one has come upon it again or the Mkodo tribe that is said to exist there. (Read the whole
page on that site, some really freaky plants are there)
From another site
Several blood-drinking trees are reported from around the world. The man-eating tree of Madagascar is supposed to look like a big pineapple and
exude a drugged liquid that is addictive. Once victims go far enough inside it, it closes and squeezes all juices out of the victim. Further
investigation seems to discount these stories, suggesting instead that the tree exude a poisonous gas that causes animals to die at its base. In any
case, either variety of death trees is presently unrecognized by science. The yate-veo tree of Central America is supposed to impale its victims on
sharp spikes and then absorb the blood through its trunk, and the Nicaraguan dog-eating tree is supposed to entangle its victims with sticky vines and
then suck all their blood out within five minutes.
It seems they have described it as some sort of vampire tree interesting. There have been suggestions ranging from hoax to a lab experiment (its been
suggested that in secret labs there exists a wide range of poisonous, toxic and even people eating plants). Here's an interesting link I stumbled on
It appears that a naturalist, a Mr. Dunstan by name, was botanising in one of the swamps around the Nicaragua Lake. The account goes on to relate
that "while hunting for specimens he heard his dog cry out, as if in agony, from a distance. Running to the spot whence the animals cries came, Mr.
Dunstan found him enveloped in a perfect network of what seemed to be a fine, rope-like tissue, of roots and fibers. The plant or vine seemed composed
entirely of bare, interlacing stems, resembling more than anything else the branches of a weeping willow denuded of its foliage, but of a dark, nearly
black hue, and covered with a thick, viscid gum that exuded from the pores. Drawing his knife, Mr. Dunstan attempted to cut the poor beast free, but
it was with very great difficulty that he managed to sever the fleshy muscular fibers (sic) of the plant. When the dog was extricated from the coils
of the plant, Mr. Dunstan saw to his horror that its body was bloodstained, while the skin appeared to be actually sucked or puckered in spots, and
the animal staggered as if from exhaustion. In cutting the vine the twigs curled like living, sinuous fingers about Mr. Dunstan's hand, and it
required no slight force to free the member from their clinging grasp, which left the flesh red and blistered. The tree, it seems, is well known to
the natives, who relate many stories of its death-dealing powers
So these natives believe that this is very real, there is also a legend of the Monkey killing tree, although I cant seem to find info regarding this
apart from an odd snippet here and there but from what I gather it is much like the man eating tree, it gives out an odor to attract a monkey to it
then coiled it up in its branches and crushes it. Beginning to sound like a very large Venice flytrap lol.
As well as Madagascar there is apparently reports that stem from Central America, South America, Mexico and other places as well. So it appears to be
a fabrication but personally I don’t know, we know that there are some freaky animal eating plants out there, but the question is can they mutate
into a tree? Or is it just some mutated plant. Its interesting to read (cant remember where now sighs) that there are labs out there that possibly
have this sort of things in there green houses any one fancy going on a fact finding mission for me? If so:
Here is your mission:
*To find proof (if any) that there exists labs that have man eating plants/ trees or similar.
*To also find out if such a mutation of a plant is possible.
*To figure out wither or not things like this can be obtained through experimentation.
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