The flowers of the Strangling Fig
are fertilised by wasps.
Its fruit is delightful
to green pigeons, hornbills, macaques,
barbets, gibbons and langurs
and ends up in their guts.
From there the seed
finds its way to a moist spot
on the canopy of a suitable tree.
It germinates and spreads down
a lattice of roots which reach the ground.
Once tethered there, it gives up feeding
on its unwilling host
and finds its food in the earth.
After many years it encloses
the tree like a shroud,
its crown overspreading
the top of its prey,
cutting off its light and killing it.
The support tree decomposes,
leaving a hollow, but structurally sound,
Strangling Fig.

In Europe, as academic
politocologists are well aware,
this ficus was first germinated
by Brother Marx
and became endemic
when cultivated
by Brothers Lenin and Stalin.

It has two natural enemies, capitalism
which attacks it with GM (jeanetic modification)
and, more recently, islamism,
a very effective non-specific homicide.

Recently a resistant Chinese hybrid
has been successfully introduced into Nepal,
politocologists now warn,
and is expected to replace nearly all
the existing native fauna.


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