strangler fig

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Synonyms for strangler fig

a strangler tree native to southern Florida and West Indies

a common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers

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Further up, a limestone path bordered with variegated ginger passes by a strangler fig and connects both front and back gardens.
Slender palms supported on stilts, leaves often lost in the canopy; little vines with leaves plastered in neat rows on rocks or tree trunks; huge woody vines thicker than a boxer's arm hanging from tree branches a hundred feet high; trees whose trunks are embraced lightly by the braided strands of a strangler fig, all contribute to this extraordinary variety Shady tracts of tall forest, easy to walk through, alternate with "light gaps" opened by the fall of a forest giant, often already choked with saplings competing to replace the fallen.
We observed the slow progress of the strangler fig, which takes 50 to 60 years to choke the life out of its host tree, saw a laughing falcon in the canopy, watched a green parrot eating fruit in a tree, and thrilled to the sight of a horde of white-faced monkeys turning the leafy cover into their dinner salad.
Cloud Forest Tree (an artificial strangler fig tree), as part of the Costa
So too was the villainous strangler fig with its network of aerial roots wrapped around an innocent red carabeen.