Candelabra trees are found in East Africa near the equator and in the East Indies. This one was found in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa. They flourish in the savannah biome. It can grow up to 30-40’ tall (10m). The branches all grow out from one trunk, and look like cactuses growing near the top, giving it the shape of a candelabra.
In mid winter it has little yellow flowers and is beautiful, but poisonous! If a single drop from the white sap comes in contact with skin, it blisters. It can blind you if it touches the eyes or in breathing the fumes. The sticky poisonous latex and its sharp spines keep animals from feeding on it. Isn’t nature something!


candelabra tree, ngorongoro crater, tanzania, africa, poisonous tree, cactus like

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carter8 months ago

    Wow l would keep well away from this tree xx

  • lynn
    so are all the other creatures there!

    – phil decocco

  • photosecosse /barbara jones
    photosecosse /...8 months ago

    Looks like a fearsome tree !

  • thanks barbara for that!! It was designed to live in a very harsh, unforgiving environment, so it had to have features to protect itself!

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton8 months ago

    Not very neighborly, is it? Well, we have our poison sumac, oak and ivy of which, if burned, the smoke carries the toxin into ones lungs. This doesn’t seem as prolific as I don’t see any offspring around, either. It does seem rather contankerous in spite of its strange appearance. Nice lesson! :-)

  • Pete
    all true, yet this one is especially toxic. We did see a lot of them, but like most trees there, they’re loners….

    – phil decocco

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimage8 months ago

    beautiful composition.
    my best, francis.

  • francis
    thanks so very much for your comment! Much appreciated

    – phil decocco

  • Shulie1
    Shulie18 months ago

    Great shot, Phil

  • thanks shulie,
    another strange and different story from another part of the world

    – phil decocco

  • fauselr
    fauselr8 months ago


  • thanks ray, glad you enjoyed seeing this one

    – phil decocco

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