Weird History A German Explorer Encountered Madagascar's Legendary Man-Eating Tree And Lived To Tell The Tale  

Mick Jacobs

When you think about ways in which a plant might harm you, at worst, you presume a plant might give you a bad rash. Certain plants may poison you, but only if you ingest them. 

But a jungle plant eating you? Sounds like something out of a science fiction novel.

Yet a German explorer made some wild claims while visiting Madagascar in the 1870s. The explorer wrote a letter to a biologist friend and explained he had been living with a tribe on the island when they showed him a horrific ritual. They sacrificed humans to a man-eating tree.

While it may seem far-fetched, remember that much of the jungle even today remains unexplored by humans. Who knows exactly what lies within the depths of unexplored territory? Feed your imagination and maybe cancel your tropical vacation plans after watching the harrowing clip below.