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Fruits of the Banyan tree

Ficus benghalensis

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Ficus benghalensis, the banyan, is a large and extensive growing tree of the Indian subcontinent. Ficus benghalensis produces propagating roots which grow downwards as aerial roots. Once these roots reach the ground, they grow into woody trunks that can become indistinguishable from the main trunk. The figs are eaten by birds and mammals. Fig seeds are dispersed by birds such as the Indian Mynas and studies have shown that seeds that pass through the digestive system of the bird are more likely to germinate as well as sprout earlier. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_bengh...

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Jun 15, 2012
Submitted on Jul 15, 2012

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