Strangler Fig in the Bunya Mountains. Here the host tree has completely disappeared.
Strangler Figs are trees that need a host tree to grow on who slowly “strangle” their host. Over a period of 100 – 200 years the Strangler Fig slowly strangles the tree as it grows it network of roots around the trunk. Slowly the host tree is starved as the Strangler Fig takes all of the nutrients from the ground and gradually it rots away.