Strangler Figs

 
  • Common name for a number of tropical and subtropical plant species.
  • Many plants of genus Ficus are included.
  • Begin life as epiphytes and send roots downward.
  • Often envelop tree causing it to die.

 

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Strangler fig sapling starts to
grow on a tree. Note roots.

 

 

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Old strangler fig in final stage, Costa Rica, Pacific

 

 

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The supporting tree, now dead can be seen.

 

 

 

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A columnar tree formed by a strangler fig after the central tree has died. The tree is hollow.