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8 Strangest Trees in the World

A tree is a woody plant with an elongated stem, or trunk that supports the leaves and branches, , supporting leaves or branches, and used for many lumber purposes or even firewood, and specified by height, size and shapes of trees. The broad terms for woods includes tree ferns, bamboo, banana, taller palms, oaks and several tree’s species that grow in any part of the world. Some trees looks weird and strange because of its weird sizes and shapes, and every trees is covered or surrounded with thick barks that serves as protective barriers. The roots underground branches and spread out and serve as anchor of the tree  extracting moisture and nutrients from he soil. While the branches are divided into smaller branches and shoots, which the shoot bear leaves and capture the sunlight energy anc can convert into the chemical energy by the photosynthesis, which can provide the food needed by the tree or any plan for their development and growth. Some trees the fruits and flowers are present, but in some trees, they have pollen cones or seed cones, and some trees, ferns produce spores instead. Trees tend to be long-lived some reaching several thousand years old. Trees have been in existence on the Earth for 370 million years. The trees play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate, and from the atmosphere, they remove the carbon dioxide and store carbons in their tissues in large quantities. One of the most biodiverse habitats in the world are the tropical rainforests, where the trees provide Shelter, shade, timber for construction, fuel for cooking and heating, fruit for food as well as having many other uses. Most forests are shrinking as the trees are cut and cleared to expand the agriculture lands for farming purposes, in parts of the world. Most of the trees paly the role in many world myths because of the tree’s longevity or old age and usefulness.

1) Banyan Tree or Strangler Tree


20-strangest-trees-world-2Strangler fig tree or Ficus watkinsiana, lluka, Australia

The (Ficus watkinsiana) or Strangler fig tree, (Ficus Barbata ) also called  as the Beard Tree, Watkins’ fig, Nipple fig or the Green-leaved Moreton Bay Fig is a hemiepiphytic fig endemic to Australia. 

20-strangest-trees-world-3 Ficus Benghalensis, Coral Gables Florida

The Indian Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis), is a large and extensive growing tree of the Indian continent, which produce propagating roots growing downwards known as aerial roots.

20-strangest-trees-world-4Ficus macrophylla

The Moreton Bay Fig tree or scientifically called ( Ficus macrophylla), is a large evergreen banyan tree of the Moraceae family native of  the eastern coast of Australia.

2) Curtain Fig Tree

20-strangest-trees-world-5Curtain Fig

The White Fig tree ( Ficus virens) is a plant found in India, southeast Asia, through Malaysia and into Northern Australia, it is locally known as pilkhan and an-borndi  in the Gun-diehmi language. Like many figs, its fruits are edible. Curtain Fig tree is one of the most famous specimens of this tree of the Atherton Tableland, near Cairns, a popular tourist attraction.

3)  Ceiba Pentandra (Kapok Tree)

20-strangest-trees-world-6Ceiba pentandra ,Kapok tree, Honolulu

20-strangest-trees-world-7TheCeiba pentandra or Kapok fruit

The tropical tree of Malvales order and from the family Malvaceae (Ceiba pentandra). Kapok is the most used common name for the tree and may also refer to the cotton obtained from its seed pods. The tree is also called as the Java kapok, Java cotton, Silk cotton or ceiba, in which in Maya Mythology is a sacred symbol.

20-strangest-trees-world-8Ceiba Nassau tree since 1900

4)  Ceiba Speciosa strangest-trees-9

Ceiba speciosa or Silk Floss Tree

20-strangest-trees-world-10Ceiba speciosa Tree trunk

20-strangest-trees-world-11Ceiba speciosa open pod (kapok silk pod)

The Ceiba speciosa or former Chorisia speciosa with common name silk floss tree, is a species of deciduous tree that grows on tropical and subtropical forests of South America. It has a host of local common names, such as palo borracho or in Spanish terms which means drunken sick. These strange tree belongs to the baobab and the kapok family. The Ceiba chodatii often called the same common names which also belong to the Ceiba genus.

5)  “The Tree Circus.”

20-strangest-trees-world-12Needle and thread tree

20-strangest-trees-world-13Basket Tree

Axel Erlandson was a Swedish American farmer, born (December 15, 1884 – April 28, 1964) who shaped trees as a hobby, and opened a horticultural attraction in 1947 advertised as “See the World’s Strangest Trees Here,” and called the show “The Tree Circus. These strange trees appeared in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! column of Robert  twelve times. Axel Erlandson sold his tree circus attraction shortly before his death, and the strange trees were moved in 1985 t Gilroy Gardens.

20-strangest-trees-world-14Two Leg Tree

Gilroy Gardens is a themed garden family,the Gilroy theme park inCalifornia, United States, and the current location of the famous world Axel Erlandson Circus Trees creation.

 6) Tāne Mahuta, New Zealand


20-strangest-trees-world-15Tane Mahuta, New Zealand

Tāne Mahuta is a giant kauri tree (Agathis australis) in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand, which the age is unknown but estimated ages between 1,250 to 2,500 years old. In Maori, the kauri means Lord of the Forest (Tane) from the god’s name in the Maori pantheon. The tree is a remnant of the ancient rainforests subtropical that once grew on the North Auckland Peninsula. Some of the giant kauri trees are found Te Matua Ngahere nearby. Tāne Mahuta is the most famous tree in New Zealand, along with Te Matua Ngahere, which some think that these trees was discovered by the Westerners known to Maori people, and identified in the 1920s when contractors surveyed the present State Highway 12 route through the forest. Nicholas Yakas and other bushmen, who were constructing  the road, also identified the tree in 1928. Tāne is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother, according to Maori myth. Tāne separates his parents from their marital vows until the Sky, his father is high above mother earth. Then Tāne sets about clothing his mother with vegetation, then the trees of the forest and the birds are regarded as Tāne’s children. Tāne Mahuta was partnered with Jomon Sugi on Yakushima, Japan, in April 2009.

Te Matua Ngahere

20-strangest-trees-world-17Te Matua Ngahere Kauri

Te Matua Ngahere is a giant coniferous tree or called  kauri (Agathis australis) in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand, and the Maori tree means Father of the Forest.

7)  Tree Of Life

20-strangest-trees-world-18Tree Of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The fourth of four Disney theme parks is the Disney’s Animal Kingdom built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, and considered the largest single Disney theme park in the world. The Disney theme park is represented by The Tree of Life, a sculpted 145 feet, 50-foot-wide, sculpted artificial tree.

8)  Tree of Life in Alfira Bahrain Dessert

20-strangest-trees-world-19Tree of Life in Bahrain dessert

The Tree of Life (Shajarat-al-Hayat) in Al Hafirah dessert in Bahrain, is estimated 400 years old tree, about 32 feet high Prosopis cineraria tree, located about 1.2 miles or 2 kilometers from Jebel Dukhan, and stands on top the high sandy hill. The Tree of Life as the only tree growing in this dessert area became a local tourist attraction, with 50,000 approximately tourists every year and the tree often is damaged by graffiti carvings. It is also believed that this site is built for cults who practice ancient rites. Trees and Prosopis genus shrubs are extremely well adapted to arid environments with one of the deepest known root systems.

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