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my first encounter with Ficus benghalensis or the banyan tree. I've seen on this site a detailed explanation how this tree starts its life as a seedling growing on another tree, where a fig-eating bird has deposited the seed, how the roots descend over the trunk of the host, seeking out the soil below, how the host eventually dies and rots away, and how the tree develops aerial roots from branches, which allows a single tree to spread over a large area.

I wasn't really surprised to read that Robinson Crusoe, in the 1719 novel by Daniel Defoe makes his home in a Banyan tree. Or, come to that, to imagine that this would be the tree the Pequeninos from Orson Scott Card's series about Ender would plant in their friends. Haven't heard about Ender or Card? Go find them.

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