The Brazilian devil tree or octopod tree is a cryptid carnivorous plant reported from Brazil's Mato Grosso. It is alleged to be the size of a willow tree, but hides its branches deep in the earth or in the forest undergrowth, allowing it to ambush any prey which moves over its branches.[1][2] In 1932, Captain Thomas W. H. Sarll of Middlesex travelled to the Amazon with the intention of bringing back a live specimen of one of these trees, but apparently failed.[1]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Shuker, Karl P. N. (2003) The Beasts That Hide From Man: Seeking the World's Last Undiscovered Animals, Paraview Press, ISBN 1-931044-64-3
  2. Wilkins, Harold T. (1952) Secret Cities of Old South America
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