Sunday, March 21, 2010

Rare strangling fig hanging on

A year or more had gone by since its host tree died and felled, but the strangling fig is still alive today. Good news though. This fig - Ficus xylophylla (meaning woody-leafed) - is relatively rare in Singapore .

It can be found leaning out at the forest edge near the beginning of Lornie Trail Boardwalk (See photo below: it is located between the two giant trees - behind the jogger in the photo).

Photo below: Closer look at the gap created by the fallen host tree.

The fig has made quick recovery: leafy sprigs ascending from its prostrated trunk.

Close-up of its robust leaves.

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