1.04.2018

The Banyan

The banyan tree is a type of fig (genus Ficus). The one below is growing in Honolulu Hawaii, on Waikiki Beach.

Resembling artwork by Salvador Dali, the banyan grows in an interesting way. It starts life as an epiphyte, a plant that grows on the branches of other trees. It drops roots toward the ground and over time, it completely envelops the host tree (giving the banyan its nickname, the strangler fig). The host tree in the middle eventually dies and decomposes, leaving a cavity inside the banyan tree where animals can live and hide.

They are cool looking trees.


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