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The Great Banyan

The great banyan tree in the Indian Botanical Garden, Calcutta, is a bigger draw than the Garden’s collection of exotic plants from five continents. Why would people want to see a banyan?
Perhaps because it is so old — and so huge. It is over 230 years old and it has a spread so vast — the circumference of its crown is 425m! — that it is more like a miniature forest than a single tree. The main trunk decayed and was removed in 1925 but the tree continued to spread through its aerial roots which grow from the branches and run vertically down to the ground and look like so many trunks. It has 1900 aerial roots at present.

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