Strange and wonderful carving from Bali,
a wise wizard with a great big beard
and tall wizard's hat has been hand
carved into this piece of parasite wood.
The unique mushroom-like structures sometimes
called "wood roses" are the result of a parasitic
mistletoe plant that grows on trees in Bali,
commonly the chinaberry tree.
The parasite vine often destroys the
branches or the whole tree if not removed.
The host plant tends to produce a mass of woody
tissue surrounding the infection.
The club-shaped malformations are a perfect
imprint of the attachment on the host stem.
Wood roses on parasitic branches
are cut from the tree,
dried and carved often helping to
save the tree from dying.
Natural product, designs will vary.