Strangler Fig - Ficus aurea
This is a large tree with a broad, thick, gray trunk, often buttressed. Its large size is made more remarkable by the fact that many individuals begin their lives as epiphytes on other trees. They send their roots to ground, establishing their own identity and eventually killing the host. Strangler Fig is subtropical and confined to southern Florida in its North American range. The 2-5-inch evergreen leaves are leathery, untoothed, and shiny. The tiny flowers open within a fleshy fig, the fruit is berrylike, and the branches and leaf petioles ooze a white sap when cut.