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13 must-see trees around the world

By: Sidney Stevens on Nov. 16, 2016, 12:01 p.m.
Banyan tree

Photo: Nagarjun Kandukuru/flickr

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Thimmamma Marrimanu

You'll have to travel to Andhra Pradesh, India, to see this behemoth banyan tree (marri means banyan and manu means tree) that spreads over more than 5 acres. It may look like a forest of individual trees, but Thimmamma Marrimunu is actually a single tree (similar to the one in the photo). Banyans have aerial prop roots that hang down and take root in the ground, giving the appearance of several thick interwoven trunks. This colossus is believed to have over 1,000 and may be the biggest banyan alive.

According to legend, the massive tree sprouted where Lady Thimmamma, a devoted wife, burned herself on her husband's funeral pyre in 1394. It remains a popular tourist spot, especially for childless couples who believe worshipping Thimmamma will result in pregnancy the following year.