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Wild Life in the City #3 - Fig Trees

In this series of Wildlife In The City, ECOMY introduces you to the ๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’„๐’–๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’๐’‹๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’‚, a member of the โ€˜Figโ€™ family and is one of the few 'strangling' fig species. They are native and ecologically important in tropical and warm temperate areas.

This plant develops aerial & fibrous roots from its branches and sends them straight down through the air if they are aerial. When reaching the ground, these roots grow into the soil, thicken and become additional โ€˜trunksโ€™. In this way, they grow outward to become large patches of fig forest that consist of a single plant with many interconnected trunks.

Photo credit: ECOMY/ Source credit: Britannica


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