|Desert Figs often grow in apparently impossible situations, sending roots down for metres|
from where the seed lodged to find soil and eventually a water table. This distorted tree
is at Ellery Creek Big Hole, West MacDonnell Ranges.
|This stunted specimen has sent roots out, mostly in vain, searching for sustenance.|
Kings Canyon Rim Walk, George Gill Range.
|And this one is in an even more exposed situation, surviving somehow in sand on top of the plateau|
above Palm Valley.
|Desert Fig fruits, Kings Canyon, George Gill Range, central Australia.|
|Fallen fig 'fruit' - the actual tiny fruits and flowers are visible on the inside of the casing,|
which is comprised of the fused stems of the fruit.
|This Small-leafed Strangler Fig Ficus obliqua still contains the trunk of its host tree, |
clearly visible through the root network.
Chichester State Forest, New South Wales.
|More Small-leafed Stranglers from Chichester State Forest (above and below). |
They have become huge dominant trees in their own right, with their own massive crown and load of epiphytes, especially (in the photo above) Birds Nest Ferns Asplenium sp.
|Small-leafed Strangler Fig buttresses, enclosed now so that the host is completely gone.|
|Curtain Fig; the remarkable curtain formed when the host tree toppled sideways to lean against a neighbouring tree. |
The fig went with it, putting down roots to the ground from all along its angled trunk
and eventually taking over the new host.
|Roots becoming supporting trunks, Moreton Bay Figs or Banyans Ficus macrophylla, Lord Howe Island.|
|Figs and Euphorbias dominating woodland east of Masindi, Uganda.|
|Fig fruit, Inca Track above Machu Picchu, Peru.|