The zombie bloodwood tree: Pterocarpus angolensis bleeds when it is wounded

Pterocarpus angolensis, or wild teak, looks like a perfectly normal tree until it’s wounded.

But when you cut into it, the bloowood dribbles long trails of dark-red liquid down its trunk. And that’s really odd!

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The bloodwood tree (Pterocarpus angolensis) is a deciduous tree with a high canopy, reaching about 15m in height and has dark bark.

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The name bloodwood for these trees stems from the dark red to brown sap that accumulates on wounds on the trunks.

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Tannins cause the dark red color of the sap. Bloodwood has sap that is 77% tannins in comparison to 12-20% tannins in regular plants.

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The red sap is used traditionally as a dye and in some areas mixed with animal fat to make a cosmetic for faces and bodies.

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Moreover the timber is sought after in its native Africa, and around the world.

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It is also believed to have magical properties for the curing of problems concerning blood, apparently because of its close resemblance to blood.

That’s really a living tree! The zombie apocalypse is near!

More pictures of this really odd tree!

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