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Johore (strangling) fig

Ficus kerkhovenii

Description:

A listed heritage tree which like other "strangling fig" species "share a common 'strangling' growth habit that is found in many tropical forest species, particularly of the genus Ficus. This growth habit is an adaptation for growing in dark forests where the competition for light is intense. These plants begin life as epiphytes, when their seeds, often bird-dispersed, germinate in crevices atop other trees. These seedlings grow their roots downward and envelop the host tree while also growing upward to reach into the sunlight zone above the canopy. An original support tree can sometimes die, so that the strangler fig becomes a 'columnar tree' with a hollow central core." --from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strangler_f...

Habitat:

This tree is found along the rainforest boardwalk in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The area is a 6.2 ha remnant of primary rainforest.

Notes:

See also: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/SBG_Ra...

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2 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Yes Neil, thanks. Awesome (before the word was popular).

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Very impressive!

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Feb 12, 2014
Submitted on Feb 13, 2014

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