strangler fig(redirected from Ficus barbata)
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Any of several fig trees that grow at first as epiphytes on another tree and then send roots down to the ground around the trunk of the host tree, especially Ficus aurea, of southern Florida and the West Indies.
[From the fact that it strangles its host.]
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|Noun||1.||strangler fig - a strangler tree native to southern Florida and West Indies; begins as an epiphyte eventually developing many thick aerial roots and covering enormous areas|
fig tree - any moraceous tree of the tropical genus Ficus; produces a closed pear-shaped receptacle that becomes fleshy and edible when mature
|2.||strangler fig - a common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers|
genus Clusia - tropical American aromatic trees or shrubs; often epiphytic; some stranglers