|The strangler fig is an epiphyte
that can be found in wetlands, cypress swamps, borders of mangrove
swamps, and upland forest communities. Although it is usually a multi-trunked
parasitic growth that wraps around (and eventually kills) its host,
it can also be found as a free-standing evergreen tree. Both forms
have a milky white sap, smooth gray bark, dark green leathery leaves,
and both bear red-purple figs.