The Banyan tree or Strangler Fig (Ficus), twists its solid vines over a host tree until the host tree dies, and all that remains is the Banyan ‘tree’. As it matures it puts out aerial prop roots that eventually become new Banyan trees, and take over a sizeable section of any forest.
This Banyan tree is in Hoi An in Vietnam.Although Banyans can become huge someone managed to make a Banyan bonsai, probably using another species of fig (ficus), as several varieties of this plant can create this look in the right circumstances.
Banyan fallen into the lake in Hanoi, and not having any problem surviving.
The twisting vines sometimes look surreal.
A mid-size Banyan growing in Hanoi. They can get huge in a more suitable habitat.
Banyans thrive in Southeast Asia and India. While the above were all taken in Vietnam, this gold-painted tree with an altar is from Mandalay in Myanmar.
Banyans roots enveloping the ruins at Angkor Wat create mystery and the feel of the jungle taking over. But I am wondering how they control the trees as eventually they will destroy the ruins.
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