Curtain Fig

 CURTAIN FIG

HOW OLD IS IT?

The Curtain Fig Tree located 1 kilometre from Yungaburra is probably the best-known tree on Atherton Tablelands. This magnificent 15-metre high 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.  Access is via a short walk on a boardwalk from the car park through dense rainforest to the base of the tree where the boardwalk circumnavigates the trunk. Sometimes, off to the side of the Boardwalk are examples of the notorious Stinging Tree. A very nasty scrub and often wonder how aboriginals avoided and/or treated it’s sting. 

HOW DID IT GROW?

I often wonder how many other exist that we don't know about!

I often wonder how many other exist that we don’t know about

 The Curtain Fig is a fine example of Strangler Figs and receives that title because of the way it grows. Usually, a seed is deposited in the branches of another tree via bird droppings and as the tree begins to grow, it sends down roots (usually guided by the trunk of the host tree) to the ground. The young fig initially feeds on algae and waste matter that has accumulated on the truck of the host tree until the roots reach the forest floor so although they eventually kill their host; they are not a parasite but rather an epiphyte. Once making contact with the ground, the fig will grow quickly, finally depriving the host tree of the essentials required to survive. By the time the host tree dies the fig’s root system provides enough support for it to grow independently.

IS IT UNIQUE?

There are other examples of this type of tree on the Tablelands including the lesser known Cathedral Fig.

More information can be found at http://www.cairnsaustraliatravelguide.com/curtain-fig-tree.html

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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