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Behold the Spaghetti Tree!

It’s April 1st but this is no joke.

The Living Rainforest’s Spaghetti Tree is in full bloom.

Nonbelievers out there have only the BBC to blame. Richard Dimbleby’s cynical 1957 spoof of women harvesting ‘spaghetti’ from ‘trees’ in the Swiss countryside has led entire generations of Brits to close their minds to the possibility that spaghetti trees do actually exist.

Indeed, the Living Rainforest’s ‘spaghetti tree’ is quite real.  Myriocarpa stipitata, from Central and South America, produces long stems of flower clusters which resemble doughy strands of succulent spaghetti.

As far as we know, they are not edible – but if anyone has any interesting recipes, please do let us know!

If you’d like to see our beautiful Spaghetti Tree, we recommend you plan a visit quite pronto.

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This entry was posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 2:56 pm and is filed under News.

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