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Great Banyan Tree

Ficus benghalensis


The Great Banyan Tree has the single largest canopy in the world. The main trunk had to be removed to save the tree but the prop roots continue to grow. A 330-metre-long (1,080 ft) road was built around its circumference, but the tree continues to spread beyond it.The Great Banyan really looks like a small wooded is far to big to look like just one tree


Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden in Shibpur, Howrah near Kolkata.


It has survived two great cyclones in 1864 and 1867, when some of its main branches were broken. Wikipedia also says " The area occupied by the tree is about 18,918 square metres (about 1.89 hectares or 4.67 acres). The present crown of the tree has a circumference of 486 m. and the highest branch rises to 24.5 m; it has at present 3772 aerial roots reaching down to the ground as a prop root.(other reports say there are more) Its height is almost equivalent to the Gateway of India." Cyclone Amphan really damaged it in 2020.

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SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Ah! That must have been it...thanks so much Daniele. :)

DanielePralong 5 years ago

And I love "celebritree" :-)

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Hi Sukanya! I've put in for you the coordinates that Neil found:
22.560739 88.286668 
It was probably a formatting issue. You need a space between coordinates, no comma. For general information, the format is 0.00 0.00 You must enter at least 2 decimal places even if they are zeroes. Use more for greater accuracy, as in this case :-)

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

@ Neil. It is not taking the coordinates as corrected...I tried. Sorry.

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Such a lovely word...venerable...and so fitting. THANK YOU, Zlatan.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 5 years ago

wow. Great and venerable ancient one!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

This is an awesome spotting, so thanks for sharing it, Sukanya. I have a habit of checking things out on Google Earth and street view. Here are the exact coordinates - 22.560739, 88.286668 Such an amazing tree. I love your notes too - they are always informative and very interesting. Nice pun, btw ;)

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Thank you Daniele. So it is! And that is why it is a celebrity tree or should I say celebritree?

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Just magnificent Sukanya! A whole forest by itself...

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Jala Bishwanathpur, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Dec 23, 2018
Submitted on Feb 23, 2019

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