Put Your Arms Around Me Honey - Hold Me Tight

TonyCrehan

Hobart, Australia

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Strangler Fig on host tree at Sea Acres National Park and Rainforest Centre, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

Sea Acres was dedicated as a Nature Reserve in 1987 becoming a National Park in 2011, and was the first coastal landscape to attract a Heritage Listing for the preservation of an area containing an outstanding remnant of coastal rainforest.

Strangler figs are adapted to use other trees for support in reaching sunlight for photosynthesis. They are the largest trees in Sea Acres National Park, growing taller and broader than other trees.

Life cycle of the strangler fig:

Stage 1
Fruit-eating birds, such as pigeons, are attracted to the edible, succulent fruit and drop the seed in their faeces into a crevice in another tree. Here, in the moist rainforest conditions, seed germination and growth is aided by decaying leaf litter. Aerial roots of the Strangler Fig grow slowly to the ground.

Stage 2
The roots enclose the trunk of the support tree and eventually strangle and kill it. What appears to be the trunk of a fig tree is really its aerial roots. These usually become buttressed, providing structural support for the tree. Strangler Figs may grow for hundreds of years.

This shot was taken with my Pentax k-r on 17 September 2012.

Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
ISO 200
18.0mm
0 EV
f/3.5
1/8 sec
RAW
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