The Man Eating Tree of Madagascar and Other Flesh Eating Flora

The recent discovery of the remarkable self-destructing palm tree of Madagascar (1) (Tahina spectabilis)
has highlighted the potential for large and distinctly unique plant species to lurk in the less densely populated parts of the world. Of all the crypto-botanical mysteries remaining to be resolved, perhaps the most intriguing is the possible existence of plants that are capable of trapping and consuming large animals. Reports have emerged from several remote regions of the world concerning large carnivorous plants that can capture and devour creatures as large as birds, dogs, monkeys and, perhaps, even humans.


Graham Salisbury