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. 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.
Notes and references
- 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
- Wilkins, Harold T. (1952) Secret Cities of Old South America