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Indian Banyan

Ficus benghalensis

Indian Banyan, Ficus benghalensis,  Mombasa, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Haller Park near Mombasa, Kenya, Africa. January 2012.

leaves and fruit of Ficus bengalensis photo © Michael Plagens

A regal tree with dense foliage of large leaves and widely spreading branches with numerous aerial roots providing additional attachments to the soil and support. The dense shade is a welcome addition to tropical gardens around the world - mostly in low elevation hot climates. Indian Banyan is introduced in Kenya from the Indian subcontinent.

Moraceae -- Fig Family

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