XfrogPlants Banyan 3D model
Banyan ( Ficus bengalensis )
Height: up to 20 m
Origin: India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
Environment: monsoon and rainforests
Climate: warm, moist
The Banyan is most notable for its propagating roots, which grow into sturdy trunks once they reach the ground. It is sometimes called the strangler fig for the way these roots can surround and envelop other trees or even buildings. Old trees can cover an extremely wide area as they grow this way. The Great Banyan, located near Kolkata, India, is over 200 years old, covers over two acres and has hundreds of trunks. The Banyan is also considered sacred in India, and can often be found by temples.