If you’ve ever enjoyed a hearty plate of pancakes, you’ve no doubt drowned them in syrup derived from the sap of maple trees. But some trees are a little more, well… creepy.

One tree species in Southern Africa has long be revered for the healing properties of its sap. It can cure a myriad of ills. But there is one little catch…

The Pterocarpus angolensis is native to Africa. At first glance, it looks like any other tree, but it’s hiding something very weird.

The Pterocarpus angolensis is native to Africa. At first glance, it looks like any other tree, but it’s hiding something very weird.

The tree has another name – the bloodwood tree – and you can see where it gets it.

The tree has another name – the bloodwood tree – and you can see where it gets it.

When the tree is cut, the sap is reflexively generated to clean and heal the “wound.”

When the tree is cut, the sap is reflexively generated to clean and heal the “wound.”

And it’s blood-red.

And it’s blood-red.

Locals use the sap to cure eye problems, stomach bugs, and to encourage the production of breast milk.

Locals use the sap to cure eye problems, stomach bugs, and to encourage the production of breast milk.

The wood itself is highly sought after by furniture builders as well.

The wood itself is highly sought after by furniture builders as well.

In fact, it’s so popular that the number of bloodwoods is rapidly declining.

In fact, it’s so popular that the number of bloodwoods is rapidly declining.

The sap may serve a useful purpose, but it still looks like something out of a horror film.

The sap may serve a useful purpose, but it still looks like something out of a horror film.

Watching one being cut down is absolutely eerie!

I always knew trees were alive, but this is taking the sentiment a little too far. Why don’t we just not cut any more of these down for a while?

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