Wonders of nature – mango, jackfruit trees share root

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
WILLIAMNAGAR, May 09: The fact that ‘Nature’ has always had unique ways of providing examples of co-existence got further testament after two trees, one a mango and another a jackfruit tree were discovered using the same root to grow.
The unique tree is located inside the compound of the Fishery Department at Jamge in East Garo Hills, about 40 kms from the district headquarter of Williamnagar in East Garo Hills. It was a chance sighting that led to the discovery of the tree – which otherwise has been hiding in plain sight.

“These two trees have been co-existing using the same root for over 2 decades now. Both trees bear fruit almost at the same time showing that co-habitation is possible in the most unique ways. This is testimony to the fact,” said the fishery department incharge, Vicky Marak.
The two trees are fused together at the trunk before separately branching out into two separate trees.
The fact that the two trees did not push each other out or trample upon the other and chose to share is in itself a rarity. Normally there is a jostling for space which dents the growth of one while the other tree thrives.
“This shows us how each one of us can adjust a little and share. Mother Nature is giving us life goals through these two trees. Hope everyone is as inspired as I have been with this act of nature. This cohabitation is unique in our region at least, if not elsewhere,” said Tura resident, Avinash Marak, after visiting the site.


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