Natal Fig #1
The convolutions on fig trunks make them lovely living things. Like many figs, this one can be a strangler. Seeds that fall in a suitable nook between the branches of a host tree can send down aerial roots and slowly swallow up the original tree. A reminder of how they operate on a very different time frame to humans. This tree doesn’t have direct threats as yet, but the understorey is full of aliens, with ferns attempting to survive their onslaught.
Where is it?
This individual grows at the base of a steep, untouched gully that remains moist even when other slopes are drying out in winter. Below it is a water pipeline that feeds the city. It’s in what we call Corridor Two, which is one of the pilot project sites.