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A tree battle

Discussion in 'Live Plants' started by The Snark, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

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    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.

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