Sandy: An 8 foot Banyan tree was brought from India and planted in April 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Christian missionary work in Lahaina. One hundred forty years later, it is over 60 feet tall and creates shade for two-thirds acre. The banyan is a fig species related to edible figs. It is an epiphyte – a plant growing on another plant. It eventually takes over the host tree. When it’s seeds are dispersed by birds, the germinated seeds send roots down to the ground strangling the host tree. As a tree ages, they broaden laterally using a prop root to cover a wide area. The tree in Lahaina is magnificent but now that I know the banyan’s M.O. I am less fascinated. They are kind of creepy.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.