Umdhlebi

AB62

Umdhlebi

Region of origin: Zululand, South Africa

A purported but so far undiscovered species of poisonous tree in southern Africa, it was said merely approaching the tree could cause a sickness or even death in any animal life, although the area around the tree was left fertile for other plant life (possibly assisted in part from being fertilized by the decomposing victims at the tree’s base). Local tribes believed demons inhabited the tree and sent it goats and sheep as sacrifices to appease them.

Originally posted on Tumblr on November 1, 2015

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