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  Strangler Figs - Ficus ssp.
The strangler fig has an aggressive growth habit that insures its survival in the rainforest.
Waxy leaves protect the strangler fig from drying winds and sunlight that it is exposed to high in the canopy.
Strangler figs are also known as banyan trees.
www.blueplanetbiomes.org /strangler_figs.htm   (1042 words)

 Strangler fig
Strangler fig begins its life as a parasite as its seed lodges in the cracks and crevices of the bark of a host.
Shortleaf fig is similar in growth habits to the strangler fig but the shortleaf fig has broader leaves with a heart shaped base, larger fruits that are 1" long, and longer stems on fruits and flowers.
Strangler fig grows to be a large tree, 50' to 60' in height with a 2' to 4' diameter.
www.sfrc.ufl.edu /4h/Strangler_fig/stranfig.htm   (396 words)

  Strangler Fig
Eventually, the host tree dies leaving the fig with a hollow trunk—which is easily climbed thanks to the many openings in the trunk.
Figs are often the only tree species remaining after forest clearing, since their knotted and twisted wood is shunned by loggers.
The fruits (figs) of the ficus tree grow in clusters on short stems that spring directly from the tree trunk.
rainforests.mongabay.com /04strangler_fig.htm   (663 words)

  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Strangler Fig   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Strangler fig, also called golden fig, is a large and fast-growing tree with a fascinating life history.
Strangler fig begins its life as a parasite as its seed lodges in the cracks and crevices of the bark of a host.
Strangler fig grows to be a large tree, 50' to 60' in height with a 2' to 4' diameter.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Strangler-Fig   (680 words)

 Brainboost - where strangler fig trees are   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The name strangler fig is used for a number of tropical vines that grow on other plants, often growing over other trees, strangling them, and eventually becoming trees themselves.
The seed of the strangler fig starts life as an epiphyte high in the trees, borne by birds and monkeys which eat the fig fruit.
Strangler Figs STRANGLER FIGS - E - specially around old haciendas and in towns in northern Yuctan, and in forests farther south, strangler fig trees are common and conspicuous.
www.brainboost.com /search.asp?Q=where+strangler+fig+trees+are&lfmq=1   (299 words)

 Stranglers & Banyans
 The Calimyrna Fig And Its Pollinator Wasp
This is a strangler fig native to tropical Asia.
The tentacle-like aerial roots of a strangler fig (Ficus citrifolia) on the Island of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles.
waynesword.palomar.edu /ploct99.htm   (3415 words)

 STRANGLER FIG : Encyclopedia Entry
Strangler fig is the common name of several species of fig that begin their lives as epiphytes as their seeds lodge in the cracks and crevices of the bark of a host tree.
Strangler Figs can also be found in the Amazon Rainforest.
Strangler figs also occur in areas of Australia such as the Daintree rainforest in Queensland's far north.
www.bibleocean.com /OmniDefinition/Strangler_fig   (298 words)

 Strangler Fig
Eventually, the host tree dies leaving the fig with a hollow trunk-which is easily climbed thanks to the many openings in the trunk.
Figs are often the only tree species remaining after forest clearing since their knotted and twisted wood is shunned by loggers.
The fig tree is a successful forest species, with some 900 species of Ficus distributed around the world, thanks to its excellent means of dispersal (abundant, good-tasting fruit), but its reproduction is limited by a mutual evolutionary pollination relationship with the gall wasp.
www.mongabay.com /04strangler_fig.htm   (506 words)

 Floridata: Ficus aurea
Strangler figs flower almost continuously, producing small, spherical "fruits" which are eaten by birds.
Ultimately the strangler fig becomes a tree itself as the host tree decomposes within the embrace of the strangler's roots.
Figs are pollinated by a tiny specialized wasp that enters the receptacle through a small opening.
www.floridata.com /ref/F/ficu_aur.cfm   (300 words)

 Strangler fig on a utility pole update [General]   (Site not responding. Last check: )
You can see in the close-up how the roots are starting to seriously "choke" and enclose the "host tree." Strangler Figs are a protected native Florida species which seed in the branches or upper trunk of a host tree (usually Palm Trees) as epiphytes (aerial plants).
The Strangler Fig eventually developes a true tree trunk by encircling the host tree.
I am curious if the Lake Worth Utility will allow this Strangler Fig to develope fully, or if it will be cut down, or if in the interest of benevolent community curiosity, uproot the pole and tree and plant them away from the road to allow the tree to grow naturally.
www.insulators.com /pictures/?id=122936505   (197 words)

 Strangler Figs
The reason for the strange trunk is that strangler figs begin their lives as vines living on the branches of other trees.
Strangler figs are closely related to the trees producing the figs we buy in supermarkets.
However, most strangler fig fruits are so small -- about the size of peas or marbles -- and bitter that humans don't bother to eat them.
www.backyardnature.net /yucatan/stranglr.htm   (347 words)

The strangler fig is called strangler because it grows on top of a tree and slowly squeezes it to death until it stays with a hollow log.
This fig competes with its host and that is another way the host dies.
The strangler tree is called matapalo in spanish which means killer tree because of the way it kills trees.
www.amersol.edu.pe /ms/7th/7block/jungle_research/new_cards/32/card32.html   (383 words)

 ! Strangler Fig Fruit ! Tropical Rainforest, Far North Queensland Australia
The young fig starts its life as an epiphyte in the canopy unlike other tree seedlings that have to start their struggle for survival on the forest floor.
The most famous of all individual fig trees in the Wet Tropics are the 'Curtain' and 'Cathedral' figs, in the Atherton Tablelands.
The tree that remains is totally the strangler fig.
www.rainforest-australia.com /Strangler_Fig.htm   (429 words)

 Earth's Birthday Project | Rainforest Exploration | Strangler Fig
Strangler figs are some of the grandest trees in the rainforest.
Fig fruit can be as small as a pea or as big as a tennis ball.
Strangler fig seeds must be eaten before they can sprout.
www.earthsbirthday.org /explore/kids/factsstranglerfig.htm   (285 words)

 Strangler Fig growing on a utility pole [Fun Stuff (not insulators)]   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A Florida Strangler Fig tree is slowly taking over a wooden utility pole (Lake Worth, FL).
Strangler Figs start as epiphytes (air-born plants), usually on a host tree.
Here a Strangler Fig started growing about 12 feet up a utility pole and has gotten big enough to split and warp the wood.
www.insulators.com /pictures/?id=104756495   (135 words)

 china virtual museums_banna
It is extremely strange, such as the relation in-between eared strangler fig and agaonidae fig wasps.
The order of flowers among figs is quite unique; Their flowers assume the forms of round, ellipse or pears and grow in the inner wall of the flower cavity.
In the meantime, the agaonidae fig wasps would spend most of its life-time within the flower support of the eared strangler fig flowers, and they cannot survive without eared strangler fig flowers.
www.kepu.com.cn /english/banna/banyanblossom/ban03.html   (254 words)

 scenex   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As the fig grows, it begins to encircle and strangle the supporting tree (thus, the name).
He points to a nearby tree where another strangler fig has begun to engulf a tree.
(That is why locals refer to the strangler fig as the matapalo - tree killer.) As the original tree rots away, it leaves an inner cavity like the one that we climbed into.
www.fdl.uwc.edu /faculty/rrigteri/RTOUR/scene7.htm   (201 words)

 Australian Rainforest Ecosystem
A strangler fig starts to grow when a bird or possum dropping, containing the strangler fig seed, lodges somewhere high in the host tree.
In time, the strangler fig can grow to over 45 metres, and the host tree can be overwhelmed, and die.
The bird's nest fern is another plant that attaches itself to a host, though, unlike the strangler fig, it doesn't present a threat to its host.
www.gullivermedia.com.au /rainf.html   (699 words)

 strangler stock images / stock images of strangler photos search   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Image of a Strangler Fig Vine Knot in North East Australia, Daintree Rainfo...
Base of ancient rainforest tree with parasitic Strangler Fig, Ficus roots l...
Strangler fig tree covering the host tree, Gunung Palung National Park Kali...
www.photographersdirect.com /stockimages/s/strangler.asp   (724 words)

 Cloudbridge Project in Costa Rica: Strangler Fig
The seeds inside the fruit are pollinated by tiny wasps that squeeze into the fig to lay their eggs, but then lose their wings and die.
Later, the figs are eaten by a wide range of animals like bats, birds, monkeys, coatis and kinkajous that spread the excrement on branches and notches of tall host-trees.
strangler function begins: sap flows up the roots that grow thicker, meld together through a chemical process, and slowly strangle the host-tree.
www.cloudbridge.org /strangler.htm   (426 words)

 BIOSC 030 Costa Rica Field Trip   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The strangler fig gets is name from the appearance that it is strangling the tree that it encompasses.
The fig starts out as a seed that has been eaten by an animal and then excreted way up high in the base of another trees branches.
The host tree slowly dies and rots away (over many years), until the strangler fig is left standing with a hallowed out inside.
www.gazos.org /ScienceAndEducation/Bio_030_Fall_2003/PhotoGallery/pages/Ryan_908_2038.html   (193 words)

 Monteverde Costa Rica
This tour is unique because you climb up the inside of a strangler fig tree to a platform.
The strangler fig is the larger tree to the right in this photograph.
The host tree eventually dies and decays, leaving the hollow strangler fig.
www.jdwatersports.com /monteverde.htm   (319 words)

 Sherpa Guides | Florida | Florida Keys & Everglades | Sidebars | Strangler Fig
The leaves of the strangler fig are leathery to the touch and dark green with yellow midribs.
Fruits are true figs and have hollow centers that are eaten by birds.
The strangler figs are often seen strangling a cabbage palm or other tree but will also climb up abandoned cars and even chimneys.
www.sherpaguides.com /florida/sidebars/strangler_fig.html   (187 words)

 Plants: Species
Strangler figs, which make up about half of the Ficus species, readily germinate and soon develop serpentine aerial roots that completely engulf their host, whether that host is a tree or a building made of stone.
Judging by the huge strangler figs that writhe over and through the ruins of many ancient cities, it's likely that they are mainly responsible for the destruction of bygone Mayan pyramids and other majestic structures in Mexico and Central America, as well as early European forts built in the Caribbean.
In fact, if the San Diego Zoo's climate were more humid, our maintenance department would probably be waging a continuous battle against strangler fig seedlings taking root on our own treetops and the roofs and rain gutters of our buildings.
www.sandiegozoo.org /CF/plants/species_detail.cfm?ID=165   (140 words)

 Cloud Forest Alive! - eTours
Among the most unusual of the cloud forest trees are Strangler Figs, a number of different species in the genus Ficus.
The small Strangler Figs soon begin to send long, woody roots down toward the ground, often following the trunk of the host tree.
After the host tree dies it begins to rot away, eventually leaving the Strangler Fig as a free-standing tree with a hollow trunk.
www.cloudforestalive.org /tour/lesson.php?id=85   (314 words)

 What The Stranger Fig Does To Help The Rain Forest   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The strangler fig is like a famly with animals.
The strangler fig gives animals it's fruit and the animals make another strangler fig with the seeds.The strangler figs fruit is part of an animals diet.The 9 steps of a strangler fig.
The figs are also eaten by gibbons, orangutans, macaques and hornbills.
www.asij.ac.jp /elementary/projects/3-s/rainweb/fighelp.htm   (122 words)

 Substrate water potential constraints on germination of the strangler fig Ficus aurea (Moraceae)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Palms are the commonest support hosts for strangler fig (Ficus aurea) in the tropical dry forest.
Using dried fruits collected from dry tropical forest at Hummingbird Cay Tropical Field Station in the Bahamas, viable F. aurea seeds scattered on open soil germinated within 6 days in the laboratory at 27 degrees C in light or darkness.
To test the hypothesis that water relations between seed and substrate can restrict the site of F. aurea establishment, fig seeds were imbibed in mannitol solutions with water potential (Psi) from 0 MPa to -2.0 MPa.
www.trophort.com /information/data/B01/S68/SWA97SUB7161534.html   (279 words)

 Florida strangler fig - Definition of Florida strangler fig by Webster's Online Dictionary
Florida strangler fig - a strangler tree native to southern Florida and West Indies; begins as an epiphyte eventually developing many thick aerial roots and covering enormous areas
Synonyms: Ficus aurea, golden fig, strangler fig, wild fig
Ficus, Ficus aurea, fig tree, genus Ficus, golden fig, strangler fig, wild fig
www.webster-dictionary.org /definition/Florida%20strangler%20fig   (73 words)

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