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A Banyan Tree in Anguilla

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The banyan tree is of the ficus family and has aerial roots. This specimen lives outside the reception area of the Malliouhana Hotel. Anguilla may be dry and harsh and inhospitable for landscaping, but this garden shows what can be done with proper soil and a little watering, given Anguilla's plentiful sunshine.

Here is more information about banyans from the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. In fertile countries such as Hawaii, India or Southeast Asia, the banyan tree. sends down some of its branches (or aerial roots) into the soil, these take root, make new trunks, and eventually produce a great forest, in which it is impossible to tell the original trunk. And to finish off this appreciation of the banyan tree, here is poetry tribute from India.

More: View a photo tour of Anguilla gardens and read about the first annual flower and garden show.

 Revised: March 16, 1999



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