Cathedral Fig

CATHEDRAL FIG

Cathedral FigThe Cathedral Fig has the reputation of being one of the best places to hear an early morning bird ‘singing’ in the Atherton Tablelands.

An Ancient Rainforest Giant

This magnificent specimen of Ficus virens is estimated to be about 500 years old and is one of the largest of its type in far North Queensland.  There is a well maintained 100-meter walk through dense rainforest to the base of the tree where a thoughtfully constructed elevated boardwalk  circumnavigates the trunk with widened areas that are most suitable to photograph this remarkable natural wonder.

These trees are commonly referred to as Strangler Figs because of the way they grow. Usually, a seed is deposited in the branches of another tree in bird droppings and as the tree begins to grow, it sends down roots to the ground. Once this important step is accomplished, the fig will grow vigorously, finally depriving the host tree of the elements required for it to continue to grow. By the time the host tree dies, the fig can support itself and grows independently. Although these figs kill their hosts, they are not a parasite but rather an epiphyte which basically feeds from the ground.

There are other examples of this type of tree on the Tablelands including the popular Curtain Fig near Yungaburra.

More information can be found at  http://www.cairnsattractions.com.au/a_curtain-fig-tree.php

or have a look at the Perentie Tours home page

About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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