Friday Funfact: The Tree that is an Entire Forest

//Friday Funfact: The Tree that is an Entire Forest

Friday Funfact: The Tree that is an Entire Forest

- tree that is an entire forest - ArborScape Denver Tree Service blog

Seen from a distance, you’d be justified in thinking the Great Banyan Tree in the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden is a small, independent forest. 
Yet step into its shade and see the connection of branches –  and you realize: wait, this is all one big, big…..  BIG tree.

 

from Atlas Obscura:

The Great Banyan Tree is over two hundred and fifty years old and covers about 14,500 square meters of land (3.5 square acres) in the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden near Kolkata (Calcutta), making it the widest tree in the world.

From a distance, the tree has the appearance of a forest, but what appear to be individual trees are actually aerial roots- around 3,600 of them.

After two cyclones in the 19th century that led to a fungal attack, the tree’s main 15.7-meter-wide (51-foot) trunk had to be removed. Fortunately, the “clonal colony” of the tree itself remains healthy.

 

- tree that is an entire forest - ArborScape Denver Tree Service blog
the Great Banyan in the 1800s. image by raj dip/Flickr
 

 

The tree sports a roundabout road built for the convenience of visitors – but it continues to grow past this bound into the land beyond.

banyansizechart - tree that is an entire forest - ArborScape Denver Tree Service blog
image by Atlas Obscura
 

 

 

See more amazing images in slideshow form here.

 

 

last updated

Jun 12, 2019 @ 12:41 pm

 

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