Ever wonder what the “magic” is in “magic mushrooms”?
Yes, I’m a hippie chick, but no, I do not encourage drug use.
Still, ya gotta wonder just WHY did the Creator make certain plants to contain chemicals such as the Psilocybin in mushrooms that seem to alter consciousness and otherwise provide quite a psychedelic ride. I’ve not had them myself, but many a “holy man” or those on a quest have sworn by Psilocybin mushrooms.
The streaked tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus) of Madagascar is quite the unique critter!
Not only does he look crazy, but he also clatters his spines together to communicate with his foraging mates, AND clicks his tongue as a form of echolocation!
Who doesn’t see this tree and think: AFRICA? Do you picture lions lazing about beneath its shady boughs?
What used to be called Acacia tortilis has recently been updated to Vachellia tortilis, the Acacia genus being split into more genetically appropriate divisions.
No matter, the Umbrella Thorn Acacia Tree will always be a symbol of the African savannah.
The Yellow-Winged Bat — Lavia frons — forms a symbiotic relationship with a particular acacia tree in middle Africa, the notorious Umbrella Thorn Acacia, Acacia tortilis. Instead of flying out to pursue its insect prey, it roosts in the tree and during its waking cycle it moves about the branches, feeding on insects that would otherwise cause damage.