Botanical Name: Ficus benghalensis
Also called the Indian banyan tree, Ficus benghalensis is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is also the official national tree of India.
Often reaching heights of over 100 feet, it is quite a large tree. It also grows laterally, covering a large area – this means one tree, given enough time, will look like a dense thicket, as a result of the tangled trunks and roots.
The Indian banyan tree belongs to the genus Ficus, which contains several other species such as F. elastica, F. microcarpa, F. macrophylla, F. citrifolia, F. pertusa and more.
One particular specimen in India, Thimmamma Marrimanu (Andhra Pradesh) is speculated to have the broadest canopy of any tree in the world.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Botanical Name of Banyan Tree
What is the botanical name of the Indian banyan tree?
The botanical name of the Indian Banyan tree is Ficus benghalensis.