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Strangler Fig


Warning! I’m a strangler fig.

My name in Spanish is MATApalo (kill the tree).

I strangle the trunk and branches of unfortunate host trees.

But, how do we strangle the host tree?

Ficus americana is common throughout the Classic Maya areas.

As is Ficus area. And the common Ficus obtusifolia.

In theory I could be useful as a living fence. Since you can take any branch, trim it off me, and stick it to the ground.


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