Amazing tree root pattern on city street

By on December 12th 2018 in Nature
Beautiful patterns of tree roots among the circular stones of the pavement near one of Bankok's most busiest roads.
Beautiful patterns of tree roots among the circular stones of the pavement near one of Bankok’s most busiest roads.
The roots slowly taking over the pavement
The roots slowly taking over the pavement. Photo Horst Kiechle.
Closer view of the tree base
Closer view of the tree base. Photo Horst Kiechle.
View of the base of the tree and its narrow city space to grow
iew of the base of the tree and its narrow city space to grow. Photo Horst Kiechle.
Full view of the tree on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road
Full view of the tree on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road. Photo Horst Kiechle.
Amazing root close-up
Amazing root close-up. Photo Horst Kiechle.
Beautiful patterns evolving between the pavement stones
Beautiful patterns evolving between the pavement stones. Photo Horst Kiechle.

In between slabs of concrete and electricity lines, this tree has grown a unique system of roots that has enabled it to thrive along one of Bangkok’s busiest roads. Like most city trees, it has to compete for space with the concrete jungle that we humans create around us. By letting its roots slowly zigzag around the circular pavement stones, this fig tree has developed a beautiful, almost mathematical pattern of roots.

For most tree species, more than a third of the tree can actually be found underneath the soil. The intricate root systems are vitally important by gathering water and nutrients and providing important support. While this tree only had a tiny surface area to grow on, it somehow has managed to survive and stay upright, perhaps partly by having its branches tangled with electricity lines.

I am not sure how much its roots trailing between the pavement stones are actually helping the tree in terms of nutrients or support. But hopefully it will stop passers-by in a moment of awe and thereby makes people aware of the space that plants and trees around us need to survive.

Note: This post was originally published on Mudfooted.com in July 2014, but was part of a selection of posts to reappear on Mudfooted and rewritten and published in Dec 2018.