Banyan Tree:
1. is a member of mulberry family
2. begins its life as epiphyte
3. respires through its aerial roots
Which among the above statements is / are correct?

Answer: [A] Only 1 & 2

Banyan Tree is India’s National Tree.

  1. It’s a member of mulberry family. The mulberry family is known as Moraceae and this plant grows in India , Bangladesh and some other countries.
  2. The banyan Tree begins its life as epiphyte on a host tree, gathers nourishment and water from air (not the host). Despite being an epiphyte , the Ficus is an example of a strangler fig. Its roots grow down and around the stem of the host, their growth accelerating once the ground has been reached. neck after time, the roots coalesce to form a pseudo trunk, eventually strangling and killing the host.

The third statement is incorrect.  Such aerial roots which help in respiration also are called Pneumatophores and are found in Mangroves.

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