At first glance this tree looks like it has a bad infection or something, but it hasn’t. The fruit is simply growing out of the trunk. It looks really creepy and crazy when you see the whole tree, because the fruit can remind of black huge insects crawling over it, or maybe that is just my imagination. The tree is called a Brazilian Grape Tree, and it is to be found in Brazil of course, but also in Paraguay and Argentina.
The fruit looks like a plum when you take a closer look at it, it can be eaten right from the tree, and it is used in jellies and refreshing summer drinks. The tree has also another surprise; twice a year it grows strange white flowers, also from the trunk, and it is important to mention that it takes ages for a Brazilian Grape Tree to grow, just in case you want it planted in your garden.
But why is this tree so different, and what is the purpose with the fruits being so near to the ground? The answer is simple; it was made for animals that can’t climb. Pretty amazing, huh? More incredible trees are these ones that are the oldest in the world.