The "man-eating" tree of Madagascar



 In April 1874, the New York newspaper "New York World" published a letter from a supposed German scholar, Karl Liche, who spoke of human sacrifices committed by the "Mkodo" tribe in Madagascar.

 This population was the victim of plants that broke limbs of people like snakes. The legend was renewed in a book published in 1924, "Madagascar, the earth of a tree that ate the man" and finally disintegrated only in 1955 when the German-American historian Willy Ley proved that Liche, the killer plants and Mkodo had no never existed. History can be inspired by some carnivorous plants, like Nepenthes, capable of consuming even small mammals.

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