Banyan Tree

  • Scientific name: Ficus benghalensis

 

  • Place of origin: India. (National tree of India). 

 

  • Description: Banyan seeds sprout anywhere, on other trees or cracks in buildings and then put down roots. The tree may strangulate the host eventually or also puts down several secondary supporting roots. Leaves are large and fruits are eaten by birds.

 

  • Grow best: In bright sunlight, well-drained soil

 

  • Use: Religious and in Ayurveda.
  • Tale talk: Banyias is Gujarathi for traders, a term  used by  Portuguese to refer about the Banyias sitting under the huge tree while conducting their businesses. Thus the traders’ name jumped on to the large tree.