Temple tree

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Oct 01 2017

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Category: Asia, Nepal

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A banyan tree doesn’t start its life from a seed in the ground. Its seed needs another tree or rock or structure to settle on and develop. So it is not a parasite but an epiphyte. In case it develops on a tree, this tree will after some time get completely covered and slowly strangled to death by the banyan, leaving a big empty hole inside the banyan tree. In the wild this hole provides animals with a useful shelter, in a city it offers man a natural temple for his gods.

Photo of the week: Temple tree. Kathmandu, Nepal 1996

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