Ficus & other trees growing on host trees.

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Ficus & other trees growing on host trees.

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I hope I get this right!

GPS location for this picture is S22.18765 E029.20165 - about 20 Km North of Satara on the road to Olifants.

Here are pictures of a common wild fig (Ficus Thonningii) (Please correct me here if I am wrong) growing on the stump of a dead leadwood tree.

Notice also the dead trunk of a leadwood on the right of this picture.

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The bark of the ficus is quite worn suggesting that this is an old ficus. I have watched it for the last 15 years or so.

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Another ficus started to grow on the other stump.

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Re: FICUS GROWING ON LEADWOOD TREESTUMP

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Incredible stuff and great snaps .
Amazing how you have been watching it for so long!
I wish I knew my trees better but some of it is pretty tough stuff to sometimes :doh:
In Pretoriuskop there is a tree very near to the pool and I wish I could remember all the details but the bird drops a seed into the crook of this specific tree and very slowly it grows and eventually chokes the host tree.
A very specific situation and as far as I was aware, pretty unique.
Wish I could remember the names and the whole story but maybe someone else can shed light on it.
This seems remarkably similar so maybe not so unique after all ------
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Re: FICUS GROWING ON LEADWOOD TREESTUMP

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Most likely Ficus petersii, Peters Fig, if you follow the Mpumalanga tree book (whose scientific editor was John Burrows, our local tame world expert on figs.
Stranglers are not that rare among figs.
If anybody wants to see one up close and personal, the one I show people is on the old main walk in Durban Botanical Garden, just north of the gate into the property of the Kwazulu-Natal Herbarium (where I work).
Here a Natal Fig is strangling a flame tree -- can't say I've seen them that often on leadwoods, though.
The birds love that strangler's fruits, and deposit the seeds liberally around the area.
As a result all of us at the Herbarium are only too aware that this one can be a strangler or a rock-splitter, depending on where the seeds fall -- we're for ever removing seedlings from walls and gutters!
If we didn't, the place would look like Angkor Wat before restoration, in no time flat.
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Re: FICUS GROWING ON LEADWOOD TREESTUMP

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I saw this Euphobia growing out of a tree on the S3 river road in Kruger recently.

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Elsa I saw the Euphorbia. There are also a plant that looks to me like a wild orchid growing on some trees along that road.

But I have seen this phenomenon on many trees all over Kruger.
People just do not notice it.
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This beautiful tree sighted on H1-4 near Satara in Kruger during Dec'13. Is this a Ficus sycamore? :hmz:
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Re: Tree: Fig (Ficus sp)

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ross hawkins wrote:Kaapsedraai this could be a Red-leafed Rock Fig. I'm not familiar with the area, but the tree is a Fig of sorts and it does look like Red-leaf


LudaBullTown wrote:
Kaapsedraai wrote:This beautiful tree sighted on H1-4 near Satara in Kruger during Dec'13. Is this a Ficus sycamore? :hmz:


I think its a red-leaf rock! I agree with ross hawkins. did you find out what kind of tree? actually, the tree is really nice!

Thank you, ross Hawkins and LudaBullTown. :thumbs_up:

It is a type of Fig and got confirmation that it is a Lowveld Fig or Ficus stuhlmannii.
It features in Peter's Guide - Kruger NP on p120 as a reference. I quote from the book:
"It grows up to 12 m high. This tree starts its life by growing in a host tree and then strangling it with its roots growing down. They are fairly rare in the Park."
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Re: Ficus & other trees growing on host trees.

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Madalla wrote:I remembered an article in CUSTOS magazine published by SANPARKS some 30 years ago, about the symbiotic relationhip between a ficus tree and a wasp.
I often wished that I could read that article again.

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