Photographer's Note

This is not a forest, this is a single tree and a tree without the main trunk... The Great Banyan Tree of Botanical Garden, Shibpur (Near Kolkata).

The Great Banyan Tree is perhaps the widest tree in the world in terms of area of the canopy. It occupies about 14500 square metres of ground and the present crown of the tree has a circumference of about 1 kilometre. (Source: Wiki)

The description board of the Garden says:
Botanically known as Ficuus Benghalensis L and belonging to the family of Moraceae, the tree is native to India. The fruit is like a small fig but is not edible and is red when ripe. This tree is over 250 years old and in spread it is largest in India and perhaps in Asia. There is no clear history of the tree as to the time of planting etc., but it is mentioned in some travel books of the nineteenth century. It was damaged by two great cyclones of 1864 and 1867, when some of its main branches were broken, exposing it to the attack of a hard fungus. With its large number of aerial roots which grow from branches and run vertically to the ground and look like so many trunks, the Great Banyan Tree looks more like a forest than an individual tree. Interestingly enough, the tree now lives in perfect vigour without its main trunk which decayed and had to be removed in 1925.

WS1: The tree
WS2: Plaque of the main trunk

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Alekhya Sundar (aleXundar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 0 N: 265] (1256)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-10-11
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/10 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-12 8:05
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