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Great Banyan Tree

Ficus benghalensis

Description:

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 area...it is far to big to look like just one tree

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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."

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9 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 weeks ago

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

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 weeks ago

And I love "celebritree" :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 weeks 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
SukanyaDatta 3 weeks ago

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

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 weeks ago

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

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 3 weeks ago

wow. Great and venerable ancient one!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 weeks 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
SukanyaDatta 3 weeks ago

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

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 weeks ago

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

Howrah, West Bengal, India

Lat: 22.56, Long: 88.11

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

Spotted for mission

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