A Problem in Florida's Ecosystem

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Strangler Fig TreeI was born and raised, and sell real estate in Daytona Beach, FL. Of course, throughout my life, I've visited South Florida many times, and am always fascinated by the obvious differences in our flora and fauna. Daytona Beach, although considered to be part of central Florida, is actually closer to the north part of the state. As such, when you spend time in the southern part of the state, you see the obvious sub-tropical (and HOT) climatic change. This change of climate is especially evident in nature.

In South Florida, there are many species of tropical plants and trees that will not grow in the Daytona Beach area. Knowing this, I'm somewhat jealous of the flowers, plants and trees that flourish in Miami, Fourt Lauderdale, Pompano, Palm Beach, West Palm, and other southern cities I've visited. I've learned the hard way that when these plants are brought just 2-4 hours north, they will not thrive. But I recently found that one of the trees I've envied is actually not just another pretty tree. What I thought was a thing of beauty is deservedly named the Strangler Fig Tree.

The Strangler Fig needs a host tree to even begin it's life. It starts as a parasitic seed, wedged into the cracks of a host tree. As the roots begin to grow, they extend through the air, all the while sucking nutrients from it's host. The roots will eventually reach the ground and the Strangler Fig will begin developing it's own root system. At this point, the Strangler Fig grows very rapidly. It then covers and "strangles" it's host tree with it's own trunk and eventually kills it. Over time, the host tree completely rots away until there is an empty space beneath the Strangler Fig, which then becomes home to all kinds of critters.

I've decided south Floridians can keep their Strangler Fig. I'll just admire it when I'm visiting. If you're ready to buy or sell real estate in Volusia County Florida, please don't hesitate to call. I'd love to help!

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Look at this cool photo I found, of a strangler fig tree in Cambodia. It's growing on an old temple and has actually separated the blocks. That is one strong tree!

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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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That was pretty interesting! I never knew about this tree and how it sucks the life out of the host tree. I thought it beautifully different when I saw the picture...different story!
Nov 10, 2007 11:41 AM #1
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Maria Couto
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Hi Lisa,

Reading your blog as usual, and I thing it's a good one, but what I noticed today are your highlighted links. I understand the concept, but don't understand how you do it. sell real estate in Daytona Beach, FL,Make a Smart Choice and contact Lisa Hill for all your real estate needs.,buy or sell real estate in Volusia County Florida, I think it's great.  Could you maybe write a post on how it's done.

Sorry I off topic.

Nov 10, 2007 01:48 PM #2
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Lisa - Strangler Figs are definitely not cool and nothing to envy....but we sure have tons of other beautiful specimens!  I have not seen a Strangler in a while.....now I will keep my camera handy for the next time I see one.
Nov 10, 2007 05:26 PM #3
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Lisa, and you're worried about my mental state? Well this was light Sunday reading. I jest. The Strangler Fig tree was actually quite interesting. I'm going to share the story with my kids. Well done. Neat photos.
Nov 11, 2007 07:42 AM #5
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Lisa Hill
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Sally- I think it grows in Hawaii too. I'm pretty sure I saw photos of there.

Nov 11, 2007 12:04 PM #6
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Maria- I'm not sure what you're asking. Do you mean about what words to use on top of the links to my web site?
Nov 11, 2007 12:05 PM #7
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Ines- I'll still envy all your other plants and flowers =)  And the last Strangler Fig I saw was a few years ago, when my husband had his boat for sale in Ft. Lauderdale. There were a lot of them growing by the canal.

Barbara- I ran across the details on accident. I couldn't believe it was the same tree I had photos of. 

Nov 11, 2007 12:07 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Andrew- I never said I wasn't a little off kilter. How do you think I could spot another one? :P
Nov 11, 2007 12:08 PM #9
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Thesa Chambers
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and we worry about squirels - wow this is too cool- nice to see you Lisa
Nov 11, 2007 03:19 PM #10
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Thesa- We have that problem too! This one was actually fascinating to me. It's terrible, but still fascinating.
Nov 11, 2007 04:28 PM #11
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