Strangler #fig. These plants start life as #epiphytes deposited in the tops of trees as seeds via animal droppings. The strangler sends root tendrils down to the soil below, and gradually shades out the host tree, eventually killing it. The decaying host enriches the soil beneath the strangler, which produces fruit valued by birds and other wildlife. Thus the cycle begins anew.
#biology #botany #cypress #stranglerfig #natureismetal
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park