yesterday's post of the fig tree sparked many comments about a fig tree being that big and eating figs in the Bible. This is NOT the fig tree that was in the Bible and not your ordinary fig tree that some people love the fruit of.
Amazing figs of the tropical rain forest
All info taken from Stranglers and Banyans, in
Of all the trees on earth, the figs (Ficus) certainly have the most bizarre growth forms and the most ingenious method of pollination. Imagine a tree with numerous snakelike, aerial roots growing downward from the limbs, a massive, buttressed trunk with huge surface roots spreading in all directions, and a peculiar aggressive growth habit that literally strangles other trees.
Although most people are familiar with the Old World edible fig ,the vast majority of fig species grow wild in exotic tropical regions of the world.
Their unmistakable growth form resembles the background scenery from a "Tarzan" or "Rambo" movie.
Several unusual species were planted in Florida and southern California near the turn of the century, and include some of the most spectacular trees in parks and botanical gardens.
Above is a wild air plant that just appeared in the arms of the fig tree
Check out how Tall the root is, about 20 inches
I took this photo at Emerson Point Preserve, Like a giant botanical boa constrictor, this strangler fig is wrapped around the trunk of a palm, there are many of these on all the trails
The above type is called Banyan and are in the same family
In their native tropical habitats, many figs are called "stranglers." Seeds germinate high on the moist branches of rain forest trees, sending numerous aerial roots to the ground. The sticky seeds are dispersed by a variety of fruit-eating birds and bats
Close up of the bark
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