The Sappiest

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Did you ever feel like this: 

Muli ant

We have many expressions in English for this state of being. Out on a limb. End of the road. At my wit’s end. Walking a tightrope. You can add many more.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with the subject of this post – I just wanted to get the ant photo in.

What about sap. Trees have it. Technically, I guess all plants have it.

What is the sappiest tree?

I’m going for mango until I find something gooier, though I suppose a rubber tree could beat it in a flat-out oozing competition.

Earlier, I wrote of the fall of a giant in our back yard. When I went out to check progress I was amazed at the quantity of sap flowing from the freshly severed branches.

Look at this gummy mess:

 Mango sap

Employing the roughest of estimations, I’d guess that a tree that size could contain maybe 500 litres or more of this poisonous (to me, at least) glop.

Do you suppose it’s good for anything?

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2 Responses to “The Sappiest”

  1. Peter Donelly Says:

    I found out the hard way that I am allergic to Mango sap.

  2. MadDog Says:

    Sounds familiar. My first exposure to mangos from this tree made me very sick. My eyes swelled shut, I had trouble breathing, I had hives all over, and I could hardly swallow for a week.

    The only thing that affects me worse is sand fly bites.

    Thanks for reading, Peter.