Man-Eating Tree of Mindanao

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The Man-Eating Tree of Mindanao is the appellation for a cryptobotanical carnivorous plant that was reported to exist on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, the subject of two similar accounts: the first, a 1925 story in American Weekly, the report of W.C. Bryant, a Mississippian planter; and the second, a 1927 newspaper story by Muriel E. Eddy relating perilous encounter of Mrs. Leoda Eddison and Sambino, her Moro guide, with the "death-dealing cannibal tree."

Dramatis Personae

  • W. C. Bryant, a Mississippian planter;
  • Mrs. Leoda Eddison, a widowed explorer;
  • Sambino, a Moro guide;
  • Muriel E. Eddy, writer and memoirist of H. P. Lovecraft.

The Reports