Australia Photo ~
Strangler Fig engulfing its host
Photographed on the lower slopes of Wollumbin (Mt Warning NP)
I’ve also photographed another stunning example of a strangler fig at Natural Arch from which I’ve extracted and copied the below description:-
“Strangler figs start as an epiphyte, meaning a seed is in most cases bird deposited in a crevice high in a host tree. From here, the roots grow downwards to reach the soil, while the top grows up to reach the light above the dense rainforest canopy.
“As the strangler fig roots grow down, and over time thicken, they envelop and totally engulf the host tree with a lattice of roots ~ When the host tree dies and rots away, the columnar hollow structure of the strangler is left with a central void core.”
From Brisbane or the Gold Coast head inland to Natural Bridge, then go ‘over the top’ of the range from Queensland into NSW, and so enter the Tweed Valley to the west of Murwillumbah. Turn right up the valley and Wollumbin’s peak comes imposingly into view.
The lower slopes of Mt Warning are a rainforest lover’s delight 🙂