This gigantic Banyan tree is bigger than your average Wal-Mart
A gigantic Banyan tree located in Kolkata, India may look like a forest from far away, but it is actually made up of a myriad of aerial roots that cover 3.5 square acres of land (approximately 156,000 square feet or 14,400 square meters). Not only does this statistic qualify it as the world’s widest tree, it also makes it bigger than the average Wal-Mart.
The great Banyan tree’s canopy is made up of 3,511 aerial prop roots that connect it to the earth, which make them look like individual trees as the roots can grow rather thickly. It’s a rather unique case of seeing both the forest and the ‘trees’ at the same time. The tree has since made it to The Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s widest tree, and it has also been featured on stamps in India.
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