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Cannibal Plants - Sumatra (1906)

Cannibal Plants - Sumatra (1906)

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The World's News 1906 (Jan 27)
The World's News 1906 (Jan 27)

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The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), Saturday 27 January 1906, page 12National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128271009
FEROCIOUSCANNIBALPUNTS.
The
subject
of
carnivorousand
death-dealingplants
hasenlistedthepensof
imaginative
writerstime
out
ofmind.Ofsuch
was
thestory
of
the
upastreeof
Java,published
in
theletterof aDutch
physician
in
the London
Maga
zine
in
whichhoaxedErasmusDarwinandthe
world,
and
proved
to
be
nothing
but
an
Invention.What
was
Ions
considered
a
myth
is
now
proved
a
substantiatedfact,for
a
plant
has
beendiscoveredinSumatrathat
gives
out
poisonous
exhalations.
An
intrepid
French
man
hadbeentold
by
the
nativesof
a
giant
lily
tobefoundinthe
pathle«s
forestsoftheinteriorthatgave
oat
death-dealingfumes,
andafter
a
long
search
he
foundseveral.Thelargestdiscoveredcovered
anarea
of
oyer90ft.
with
its
evil
smellinggrowth.
The
spadix
wasover
6ft.
high,
and
the
spiked
leavesfrom10ft.to12ft.
long.
At
sun
downandabout
an
hour
before
sunrisethepoi
sonous
fumes
were
foundtobemoat
viru
lent.
A
dog.
a
goatandothersmallanimalstetheredinthevicinity
were
found
deadandcfeldin
the
morning.
Thediscovererhimself
was
taken
violently
ill
while
examining
thisvulture
amonglilies.
Inthe
depths
ofthebell
shaped
flowers
were
foundthebodies
of
numerous
smallanimals
and
birds.So
theold
legend
oftheupas
tree
has
in
ameasure
be

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