“Dad, look at that weird tree,” Danny said.
“That’s actually a type of fig tree,” Danny’s father said. “It’s called a Banyan tree. It start’s life as a seed that germinates on another tree, grows as a vine dependent on the tree for support, and eventually strangles and subsumes its host tree. Banyan trees can grow to 100 feet tall and live for a thousand years. Its roots grow from outward-extending branches and reach the ground, becoming trunk-like, which is why some call it the walking tree.”
“Dad, why are you always making silly shit up?” Danny asked.
Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Liz Young.