A tree battle

The Snark

Dumpster Fire of the Gods
Old Timer
Aug 8, 2005
What we have here is a variety of the Jackfruit tree, Artocarpus, being attacked by a relative, the Strangler Fig.
However, this Jackfruit is antisocial. The sap is mildly toxic to other plants and can even be used as a mild herbicide. It also lays a great mass of hair roots out just under the surface of the soil, robbing the soil of nutrients so close competitors can't grow.

Here a Strangler Fig has attempted to attack it but has been unable to embrace and crush the host trunk. Thus the long root/trunks surrounding the host tree.