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Banyan (Ficus indica), a species of fig, which in India not only reaches the size of a large tree, but is specially noticeable from its sending down numerous adventitious roots from its branches which thicken and acquire a covering of cork, so as to resemble a grove of stems, and, by acting as props, enable the branches to spread in a horizontal direction to a great distance.