(A 19th-century illustration of a Ya-te-veo)
What could be scary about a tree, right? They’re so lovely and green, they make oxygen, and they are home to little squirrels and birds. Also, though, they can eat you! At least if you’re unlucky enough to sit under a carnivorous Ya-te-veo plant. Or so the story goes. Mentioned in J.W. Buel’s 1887 book Land and Sea, the Ya-te-veo is supposed to live mainly in Central and South America and on the island of Madagascar.
Fortunately for nature lovers everywhere, this story seems to be pure myth, with the scientist Willy Ley writing in 1955 that the man-eating tree was the stuff of fiction. That doesn’t mean we can’t have nightmares about it though, does it?