Banyan Trees, common in Florida I have a love for all trees, ugly, beautiful, tall, short any tree at all. Especially dead trees, they have a beauty of their own, but that is another post. Until recently I had no idea that all of the pictures I am posting today are the same family of trees. English Name is Strangler Fig.
I called this one a fig tree.
By 1634, English writers began to tell of the banyan tree, a tree under which Hindu merchants would conduct their business. The tree provided a shaded place for a village meeting or for merchants to sell their goods. Eventually "banyan" became the Name of the tree itself.
A banyan is a fig that starts its life as an epiphyte when its seeds germinate in the cracks and crevices on a host tree and the Older banyan trees are characterized by their aerial prop roots which grow into thick woody trunks which, with age, can become indistinguishable from the main trunk, the birds drop the seeds in the branches, the branch starts to grow and drops down to the ground and forms what looks like trunks around the original trunk.
Like those of us that fit ( or try to)into the Human Race, each of us can look and act in a different way, but we are all the same, one family of beings, all the same but different.
all three of the above trees are Strangler Figs, they have diverse names, habits, colors and looks but they are still one family. Ah diversity, who knew trees were just like US?