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India - Kolkata - 10 - Great Banyan Tree

The really cool part of the Botanical Gardens is the great banyan tree.

 

The whole picture, what looks like a forest, is one single tree with all its prop-roots keeping it spreading. It is still alive but the central truck has been removed as it was rotting. I thought that was pretty amazing that the tree could still be a tree without its trunk.

 

The signboard says the tree is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the widest canopy at 1.5 hectares and with about 2880 prop-roots.

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Taken on June 29, 2008