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Beware the fig!

Beware the fig!

Most figs are sweet, but the strangler fig, Ficus aurea, is no sweetheart. It's a predator that kills palm trees. Strangler fig seeds that pass through the digestive systems of birds, fruit-eating bats, or squirrels & are lucky enough to fall into a juicy pocket in the trunk of a palm tree sprout & send out roots that encircle the palm's trunk, "strangling" it. It's the growing fig's leaves that actually kill off the palm tree by completely blocking life-giving sunlight from the palm.

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Last updated by curious on Aug. 23, 2008

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