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Getting a grip

Getting a grip

Young strangler fig forming a lattice over the host tree which as the fig grows thicker, will be slowly strangled to death. It will eventually rot away leaving a hollow tube.

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How sad for the host.
Does this fig bear fruit ?
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8 Jul, 2009


Yes it bears fruit which birds eat and after a period of time negotiating the birds digestive tract the fig seeds may be fortunately deposited in the crook of a branch. The seeds germinate and send down a tap root to the ground. Then it begins to thicken and more roots branch out and wrap around the host.

This photo was taken near the foot of Minyon Falls, Coopers Creek, North East NSW, Australia.

8 Jul, 2009

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