@FlashZordon@lemmy.world avatar

Front Street in Lahaina, HI has a great looking banyan tree near the harbor. Spent a bunch of time around there as a kid waiting for the ferry.


Do they kill the host tree, or is it a symbiotic relationship?

ClimbingBunny avatar

Yes they kill their hosts! By applying pressure they “strangle” the host until it dies and rots away, leaving an empty hole in the center of the tree.


I see a lot of vines try to strangle plants, but I never knew there was a species of tree that would do the same thing... Nature is wild.

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