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BANYAN – Wikipedia verbatim:

A Banyan [Ban-Yun] is a fig that starts its life as an epiphyte when its  seeds germinate in the cracks and crevices on a host tree (or on   structures like buildings and bridges).

“Banyan” often refers specifically to the species Ficus benghalensis,  though the term has been generalized to include all figs that share a  unique life cycle, and systematically to refer to the sub genus  Urostigma. The seeds of banyans are dispersed by fruit-eating birds.


The name was originally given to F. benghalensis and comes from India where early travelers observed that the shade of the tree was frequented by banias or Indian traders.

In the Gujarati language, banyan means “merchant”, not “tree”. The Portuguese picked up the word to refer specifically to Hindu merchants and passed it along to the English as early as 1599 with the same meaning. By 1634, English writers began to tell of the banyan tree, a tree under which Hindu merchants would conduct their business.

The tree provided a shaded place for a village meeting or for merchants to sell their goods. Eventually banyan came to mean the tree itself.