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 Post subject: Baby strangler at large
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:08 am 
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The picture shows a fairly substantial hackberry tree trunk. But a look at the leaves sprouting from the stem show that this is not part of the tree, but an invasive seedling of the Banyan fig Ficus microcarpa -the one with all the gnarled hanging roots.

So far this is a baby seedling. Will it go on to strangle the whole tree in the years to come?


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I can't see any pictures.


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Sorry - I was exceeding my current quota, which has been renegotiated.

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Maybe it could happen. This strangler fig has made a mess of what used to be a large mango tree. You can see it in Hong Kong Park near the Teaware Museum.

Maybe you can take another photo of your little seedling at this time next year and see how much progress it has made.


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OK, check back here on January 11th 2006 for a progress report.


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As promised here's an update. The little fig tree clinging to its host has lost its leaves, so it's hard to see the comparison clearly, but it has grown a bit, even if very slowly. I think the hackberry is safe for another few years. Another update on January 11th 2007.


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 Post subject: Ten-year project
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OK, zep, you've just got yourself a ten-year project!

We're expecting yearly updates on Jan 11th every year!
I hope you're not planning to leave Lamma in the next 10 years?
Afterwards, we might do a little animation from your photos of the growth of this fig tree!

It's nice to have a little long-term planning and a goal to work towards to, no?

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It's that time of year again. There has been a bit of movement, but I've a feeling it's going to be a long hundred years.


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Oops, I forgot to set my alarm clock - it's already nearly the end of February. Maybe we should get somebody reliable like Samson on the job.

Not a great deal of change to show for 12 months of rain and sunshine, and I have to admit I help it along a bit during lean periods with a sip of water or the occasional dog turd. Maybe it's waiting for the land dispute to be settled before making a growth spurt.

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It's not that I forgot to set my alarm clock for January 11th again, actually walked by on that date and saw that the small strangler fig had disappeared - there were only cut off stems in the wake of an over-zealous cleaning brigade who had slashed everything in sight.

So I was surprised to find recently that the fig had not died, but new growth has emerged at the end of Feb. So it looks like a continual game fo snakes and ladders before this one can really do any damage to the host tree.

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