Mt Keira – Moreton Bay Fig

This is a quick photo taken on a work trip to Mt Keira. At this site we run our rainforest based excursions. This is a photo of a Moreton Bay Fig’s buttress roots (Ficus macrophylla). These roots help to give stability in areas with lower soil depth. This species can grow in excess of 30m high. (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/3)

They are cool for a number of reasons. One being that they are a strangler fig meaning that if a seed is dropped in the canopy of another it can send down shoots and eventual strangle the tree underneath it. This gives it the much needed light in the dark forests without having to grow high in the beginning. They also have a obligate mutualistic relationship with a wasp species. Basically the wasps pollinate the enclosed flowers of the fig (fruit like part) and in return they are provided with a home. Without each other they both would perish.

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~ by adamrose on November 26, 2010.

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