When Rain isn’t Really Rain – the Rain Trees of Gonarezhou

When all around you is dry, but the tree you’re standing beneath is unmistakably raining, inevitably you ask yourself questions. When Gus (aka “the African Plant Hunter”) was told as a youngster that the raindrops were actually insect urine, he believed it, and warned all his friends to stay away from the “Rain Tree”. Now, as he takes us on a brief tour of the Philoneptera violacea tree, he puts the record straight and gives us the real reason a rain tree rains. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s standing in front of the magnificent scenery of the Chilojo cliffs in Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe.