Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954), Friday 25 June 1897, page 4

begin
to

harden

and

Three
THE

Carious
amd

Plants.
GRAPPLE PYTHON.

spread wider

and

OANNIBAL

TREE,
VEGETABLE
most

PLANT,

eide branches which wider, throwing out flow into an amalgamate with each other in a series of tree is bound until the whole irregular living hoops. From this time on
it is a struggle

dangerous of vegeta ' cannibal tive plants in the world nre the or tree' of Australia, (he 'death' ??grap' ple plant' of South Africa, and the vege Zealand. table python' of New cannibal tree' grows io the shape The of a huge pineapple end attains a height of Three of the
'

death between the entwining clusio. Like an athlete the tree tries to expand and burat its fetters, causing the bark to bulge
theforeet

of life and

giant and

between freedom
monster numerous

every
are

not

interlacing ; but success and for the captive tree, for the has made
its

clusia

bands

very

of broad, board in a fringe at the apex, a gigantic forcibly bring to mind which Central American agave, and these board 10 to 12 feet ia the like leaves, from smaller specimens, and from 15 to 20 feet 11
feet.

It has

a

series

like leaves,

growing

the tree etrangler and

and wide. Not allowed expansion, withers and dies, and the soon
is soon
as

expanded
as

into

bush, almost
foliage

large

the

mass

it has

effaced.

a great of branches It is truly a

tragedy in the world

of vegetation.

in the
easily
a

man

are larger, hang to the ground, and the of bear to weight strong enough more. In the of 140 pounds or

worshipped by ancient times this tree wae same of the the under Dative the savages 'devil tree,' a part of the interesting being the sacrifice of one of their ceremony The embrace. to its all too-ready number driven up the to be sacrificed was the tree to the apex, and the io of leaves the so-called ' pistils' of the monster staut touched the leaves would fly together were of the ic like a trap, crushing the life out In this way the tree would hold ttuder. its victim until every particle of flesh would disappear from his bones. The ' grapple plant' is a prostrate herb, growing io South Africa. Its flowers art purple, and shaped like the English fox victim
isiove. Its trait

has

formidable

book*,

which bj clinging to any passer-by, is con veyed to situations where itB seed may find Sir John suitable conditions for growth. to bill Lubbock eeye it has been known
lions.

to the naturalist

as

etrangler of trees.

the clueia or fig, is the The seeds of the clusie,

being provided with a pulp and very feed pleasant to the tropical birds which carried from tree to tree and thereon, are deposited on the branches. Here germina The leafy stem tion begins. elowiy rises upwards, while the roots fiow, as it were,
the trunk until the soil is reached. and there they branch, changing their according to the direction of any course with. obstruction from Meanwhile met have been these rootlets leafy branches down Here

developed, which, through the canopy
light,

themselves pushing above, get into the accelerate their
takes

and

erroneously

growth.
place.
to

Now

a

metamorphosis

For the hitherto soft aerial plants harden and wider and

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