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Showing posts with label ficus macrophylla. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ficus macrophylla. Show all posts

October 31, 2009

Back on La Pigna hill in Sanremo...

I've already reported a first visit up to the Sanremo ancient area in
a previous post
. I was recently back there and up the hill to enjoy
its particular atmosphere and take a closer look to the huge fig trees
that thrust their roots into the crevices of that rocky ground.

The Ficus macrophilla, commonly known as the Moreton Bay fig is a
evergreen banyan tree of the Moraceae family, subsection of the

Its specific epithet macrophylla is derived from the ancient Greek makro
(large) and phyllon (leaf) and refers to the size of the leaves.

The characteristic "melting" appearance of the Ficus macrophylla is due
to its habit of dropping aerial roots from its branches which on reaching
the ground thicken into supplementary trunks which help to support the
great weight of its crown.

The trunk can be massive, with thick, prominent structure and a rough
grey-brown bark.
Some trees can reach heights of 60 m.

Currently the tallest Moreton Bay Fig (49 m) is found near Egg Rock, in
Queensland, Australia, but even Europe exhibits some sizeable
naturalized specimen.
(More on > Wikipedia).

April 24, 2009

Well, if you ever plan to motor south...

... get your kicks on La Pigna Hill !

This is the old Sanremo (Liguria, Italy), built in 'anno Domini 1000' up on a hill,
so the inhabitants could watch the sea and prevent pirates' attacks.

Knowing that Pigna means pine cone, you can easily find its shape on the map,
with its concentric narrow streets and majestic ficus macrophylla trees on top.

(click on map)

Two of the huge Ficus macrophylla, fiercely exhibiting their aerial and ground roots.

Unfortunately, I was on a flash trip and I discovered the place too late,
but I'll be back, soon - my oldest friend lives in Sanremo now.

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