All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Strangler Fig</strong>
<em>Ficus aurea</em>
Corkscrew Swamp, FL
Dec. 16, 2009

This is a really bizarre tree, it is not a parasite, but more like an epiphyte because it grows on another tree, but does not take nutrients from it. Birds depo...
Strangler Fig
Ficus aurea
Corkscrew Swamp, FL
Dec. 16, 2009

This is a really bizarre tree, it is not a parasite, but more like an epiphyte because it grows on another tree, but does not take nutrients from it. Birds deposit the fig seeds high in a tree like this cypress. The fig's roots wrap around the tree's trunk and grow downward until they reach the ground. Farther south in Florida, the fig trees grow so large they eventually kill their host.

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