The Killer Tree (Creepy History 13)

I loved this post! You’ve got to love a tree 🌳 that fights back. Happy Halloween everyone! 🎃

Windows into History

triffidsA strange report of a man-eating tree was published in the New York World in 1874.  The article caused a stir, and was subsequently published in various other magazines for several years.  Even as late as 1888, the ‘magazine of record and review’ Current Literature was running the story of Karl Leche, ‘the eminent botanist’, and his description of a deadly tree:

After we were fairly in the forest, the shade overhead was so dense that the jungle and undergrowth almost disappeared, and instead there was a damp, boggy turf, cold, spongy, and yielding to the tread. The stalks of the tall trees rose like columns, the vines hanging down from them in festoons, and their roots running over the ground in every direction, making walking difficult. Suddenly all the natives began to cry, “Tepe! Tepe!” and Henrick, stopping short, said, “Look!” The slugglish canal-like stream here wound slowly by…

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7 thoughts on “The Killer Tree (Creepy History 13)

  1. I read the Day of The Triffids back in high school. I must say that the thought of triffids has come back to haunt me more than a few times while out hiking. Yes – there is definately something about a tree that fights back … :/

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