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'Ghost tree' makes human faces!

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 15:15 IST

A tree, whose trunk shows what appears to be a scowling human face, has reportedly attracted thousands of curious Malaysians.

Villagers have dubbed the betel nut tree a "ghost tree" with some claiming that the face sporting heavy brows and a wide nose changes every day, the New Straits Times said.

Villager Zainol Nayan said the curves of the face started forming on the tree in northern Penang state a month ago, but it only became distinct last Friday.

"Since then, villagers have gathered around the tree to see for themselves and the news spread like wildfire, attracting outsiders," he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

"I was curious and shocked to find that the curves indeed look like a human face," said housewife Noraziah Zakaria who rushed to see the tree.

The tree's owner, Miah Majid, said she spotted the face imprinted on the trunk at the base of a palm tree-like frond about a week ago, and that the 10-year-old tree had previously produced a formation in the shape of an eye.

"The frond will probably last another two weeks. By then it should shed naturally. So far, nobody has asked to keep the frond," she was quoted as saying in the Star newspaper.