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miamicuse 02-06-2013 07:50 PM

How did this plant make it up there?
 
A house in Miami has this plant - see the red circle - about 12 feet above ground.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w...psa77c3a32.jpg

Closer.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w...pscd53e369.jpg

Even closer.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w...ps05541b3e.jpg

It's root penetrated the double 2x12 wood framing and came out on the other side, then vertically down along the column.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w...psa622182b.jpg

and eventually touched the wood deck and continued down to the ground.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w...ps3c56fe63.jpg

Did it start growing up there, and the root found it's way down?

Or did it started down below, and it went up and got bigger and bigger?

kwikfishron 02-06-2013 08:54 PM

Lack of maintenance, rotted wood.

The thing was just reaching for the sun and then they chopped it's head off. :(

Canarywood1 02-06-2013 09:12 PM

ANYTHING will grow in Miami!!

dengle 02-06-2013 10:22 PM

based on the thickness of the roots at the top vs bottom, i'd say it started at the top. probably a seed either fell from a tree or bird or other wildlife dropped it and it somehow took root.

TarheelTerp 02-06-2013 10:34 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkWeMvrNiOM

mgp roofing 02-07-2013 03:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dengle (Post 1111358)
based on the thickness of the roots at the top vs bottom, i'd say it started at the top. probably a seed either fell from a tree or bird or other wildlife dropped it and it somehow took root.

Agreed. I have seen weeds and tree seedlings that have taken root in brick chimneys and similar high places.

Duckweather 02-07-2013 07:28 AM

But plants don't usually grow downwards since light is above.

dengle 02-09-2013 10:38 AM

The main tree is growing up. What's growing down could be considered the main tap root. It's just REALLY long.

Duckweather 02-09-2013 02:45 PM

It's only a problem if you live next to the Little Shop of Horrors.

PoleCat 02-10-2013 12:12 PM

It looks like a Banyon Tree. They drop what looks like weeping willow branches as they grow and once they reach the ground they put down roots and grow a new trunk. They can spread over an entire property if left alone.


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