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The Great Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) tree in Howrah, near Kolkata, India.
It was once the widest tree in the world in terms of the area of the canopy and is estimated to be about 1200 to 1250 years old. The present crown of the tree has a circumference of nearly 500 metres (1640 feet) which works out to be a diameter of about 80 metres (262 feet). It's main trunk was damaged by two cyclones in 1884 and 1886 which led to decay of the main trunk which was removed in 1925. The tree lives with the help of large clonal colony consisting of about 3300 aerial roots reaching down to the ground. (More info: Wikipedia)
Giant Cashew tree (cashew Pirangi), North Pirangi beach, Parnamirim, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
This giant cashew tree with a perimeter of approximately 500 m (1640 feet) (diameter about 80 metres/262 feet) is a unique due to two genetic anomalies. Firstly it grew sideways instead of growing upwards. Secondly due to its weight its branches touched ground and then the branches began to create roots and grow again as if these were roots of another tree. Thus the tree became a clonal tree and propagated on its own and spread sideways - more or less like a Banyan tree with multiple aerial roots and trunks. (More info in my blog - Travelogue of An Armchair Traveller)
Image from Panoramio is by Thai pix Wildlife ph… (Permission to use image awaited) Best viewed in larger size.
In order to capture the total spread of the tree above picture was taken from a distance of about 100 metres.
Image from Flickr is by Simon Marussi. Best viewed in larger size.
Image from Finding The Universe is copyright © Laurence and Jessica. Permission to use image is thankfully acknowledged. Best viewed in larger size.
The tree's radial roots, protruding above the ground, are as thick as the tree trunk
Best viewed in larger size. I am thankful to J'AoO for sharing several fantastic images of this giant tree in pantip.com.
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Source of info: tourismthailand.org