The strangler fig is found in the Americas, Asia, and Africa.
Strangler fig seeds land on tree branches and tree trunks.
seed sends out roots which grow downward. As the seed sends out more
roots, they wrap tightly around the trunk and branches of the tree.
The roots grow so low that they grow into the ground. As the roots
rap tighter around the tree, they cut off the flow of water, nutrients, and
light. The original tree dies and the strangler fig becomes a tree.
The largest strangler fig
is the Indian banyan. It can grow to be one hundred
All plants in the rain
forest are amazing but the strangler fig is one of the most unusual.