Monday, July 6, 2009

Daily Heart On

These Strangler Fig Trees are so rad looking. "These plants begin life as epiphytes, when their seeds, often bird-dispersed, germinate in crevices atop other trees. These seedlings grow their roots downward and envelope the host tree while also growing upward to reach into the sunlight zone above the canopy.[2][3]
An original support tree can sometimes die, leaving a "columnar tree", central core empty, of the Strangler Fig. Strangler figs can also leave trees hollow"


Sunshine said...

here's the fig at my folks' house:

i love the ones that are hollow in the middle. if you ever go to ringling museum in sarasota, FL you can see a bunch of classical sculptures that used to be freestanding but are now almost completely enveloped by banyans. it's cool to see little stone faces in there :D

melississippi said...

i saw those in costa rica and they were awesome, you could climb up inside because the trees inside were gone and they were empty

Ivanhoe Books - Art And Design said...

They are very Lord of The Rings, love 'em.