Monday, 28 October 2013
Halloween Mystery: The Case of the Bleeding Tree
While I was outside doing witchy stuff in a forest the other night I noticed a tree that looked like it was oozing blood. It had been chopped down, and where the axe marks had bitten into the trunk it looked like wounds in raw, red flesh.
That might sound the stuff of horror films but, being a practical witch, I expect there is a scientific explanation for what looked like a blood. I'm not sure what though. I am aware that some trees have blood-red sap. The most famous of these is the dragon's blood tree, but they don't grow in England. Eucalyptus trees also have red sap, but they are relatively rare in England too. I've been told that some tree parasites and fungi can turn the sap red - maybe that was the case with this felled tree.
I guess I'm probably not as good with tree-recognition as a witch ought to be, so, I am admitting my ignorance and asking if anyone reading this can identify the tree with blood-red sap in the picture above. If you can solve the Case of the Bleeding Tree, please leave a comment below...
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