When cutting a tree the reaction one wouldn’t expect, for sure, is bleeding. However, this is what happens when you cut down a tree called Kiaat, Mukwa, Muninga or simply Bloodwood tree… or at least it looks that way. The Blood wood tree has a particular dark red coloured sap that causes an effect of bleeding when someone cut through its bark. The sticky, reddish-brown sap reminiscent of blood overwhelmingly that when you look at the chopped trunk or a damaged branch it seems almost as an injured animal.
The home of the bloodwood tree is southern Africa. It grows in the area of Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zaire, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. It has very good characteristics when it comes to the furniture industry, so it’s being cut down beside the unusual sense one must when cutting it. Also, it’s believed among people of Africa that it has magical powers for the curing problems concerning blood, apparently because of its close resemblance to blood. It has been harvested at an unsustainable rate because of its useful characteristics leading to its decline in recent decades.
We hope some regulation in the near future will protect this unusual beautiful giant which grows 12 to 18 meters tall and has a beautiful umbrella-shaped spreading crown and bears yellow flowers. Let’s stop bleeding of the Bloodwood tree or at least reduce it significantly.