Say it out loud: P-t-e-r-o-c-a-r-p-u-s a-n-g-o-l-e-n-i-s. Pterocarpus angolenis gives off the illusion of a tree bleeding. This species is native to southern Africa which includes Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zaire, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
Not surprisingly, the tree is also called the Bloodwood tree for its incredible dark red sap that flows from the tree as though it has been injured…only it hasn’t. The vivid red sap has many uses that include dye for cosmetics, cures, and treatments for many medical conditions.
The Bloodwood tree is also a protected species because of the harvesting that has taken place at an unsustainable rate. The wood is able to produce high-quality furniture that can easily be carved for boats, canoes and bathroom floors.
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