|Early stage - This watkinsiana fig is enveloping the Booyang Tree which is still alive.|
|Middle stage - The strangler fig has totally enveloped the host tree, but both depend on each other.|
|Mature stage - The host tree has died and been totally 'used up' by the strangler fig which is a hollow structure.|
The Lamington National Park has numerous examples of strangler figs at all stages.
The fig does not grow from the forest floor but from seeds deposited by birds within the forest canopy. It grows epiphytically, meaning it attaches itself to a host tree and grows both down toward the soil and up toward the light.
A 'strangler fig' is not a vine. Below is a vine winding its way around a tree to get to the light in the canopy.