The Great Banyan Tree

June 23, 2013 | in Travel

At first sight, this tree seems to be rather a forest than a detached tree. However, you see the crown with the circumference of about 350 meters of a single plant, Bengal fig.

The Indian Botanical Garden is located near Kolkata, in the town of Howrah. Scientists have determined that the age of the Great Banyan tree is about 200-250 years. Alas, there is almost no information about the tree, only a few records made in the end of the 19th century. After a couple of hurricanes in the late nineteenth century, the main trunk of the tree began to split, and in the 25th year of the last century, a lightning strike finally broke it in two. As a result, the trunk should be removed. Because of its aerial roots, the tree continued to grow, and now the area of the crown is greater than one acre and a half.

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree

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