Strangler fig roots (Ficus aurea)

Strangler fig roots (Ficus aurea)

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Caption: Strangler fig roots (Ficus aurea) surrounding a host tree. The roots of the strangler fig grow downward, engulfing the host tree while also climbing upward towards the sunlight. The fig plant competes with the host tree for nutrients in the soil. Photographed in Florida, USA.

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