strangler tree

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Noun1.strangler tree - an epiphytic vine or tree whose aerial roots extend down the trunk of a supporting tree and coalesce around it eventually strangling the tree
Clusia major, Clusia rosea, pitch apple, strangler fig - a common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers
aerophyte, air plant, epiphyte, epiphytic plant - plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
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Before he reached the sunlight, he came across the strangler tree.