The banyan tree is a fig tree whose seeds germinate in the cracks and crevices of a host tree or other structure.
Older banyan trees are characterized by their thick prop roots which grow vertically into thick woody trunks which, with age, looks main trunk. Old trees can spread out laterally using these prop roots to cover a wide area.
*Banyans are revered in a number of different countries for their spiritual nature.
*Buddha is believed to have achieved enlightenment in India while meditating under a banyan tree, known as the Bodhi Tree.
*The Banyan is the National tree of India.
*In Robinson Crusoe, Crusoe makes his home in a banyan tree.
*Banyan trees are scattered across the island in the TV Series Lost, the characters often using the thick roots as a hiding place from the island’s monster.
*Paul Simon references the banyan in his 1990 song Spirit Voices, from the album The Rhythm of the Saints, singing, "We slept on the banks on the leaves of a banyan tree."
*There is a street where we are staying named after the tree because it is lined with Banyan after Banyan. The trees block out a lot of the light during the day making this tiny street more like a magical and enchanted forest.
*Most note-worthy of all, they are the best climbing trees in the world.