Ivy's self-clinging aerial roots
are very short and just stick on, rather like Velcro.
So too was the villainous strangler fig with its network of aerial roots
wrapped around an innocent red carabeen.
For example, exotics of the Ficus family, such as weeping figs and banyan trees, blew over because their aerial roots
had been removed.
The mangroves' specially-adapted aerial roots
and salt-filtering tap roots enable these trees to occupy the fluctuating intertidal zones where other plants cannot survive.
Most tropical orchids are epiphytic-that is, rather than growing in soil, they attach to trees or other support systems by means of aerial roots
. Orchids that grow in colder climates are terrestrial: they grow like most other plants rooted in the soil.
As the tree ages it will root its branches and throw aerial roots
from inside its hollow trunk, thereby giving credence to the ancient belief in its immortality.
Some plants, such as ivys, will cling to surfaces naturally via aerial roots
There are plants you recognise - bananas, cannas, rubber plants - but magnificent strangers, too, like the mammoth fig, with a huge tangle of aerial roots
big enough to walk under.
It will happily grow up a north or east-facing wall and doesn't need any supports such as trellis or wire as it is self-supporting, clinging to the walls with its aerial roots
In black-and-white photos from Forest, 1996, tropical plants are festooned with shredded pages from books; one image of a bird's-nest fern shows reams of text intertwining with the plant's dangling aerial roots
. The picture could have served as a metaphor for the ease with which Gill's images adapt to contrasting settings.
Flower buds of Hibiscus rosa sinensis, aerial roots
of bot (Ficus benghalensis), one lobongo (clove), and gum from babla (Acacia arabica) is blended together and taken with a small amount of ginger juice.