The large, leatherly leaves are mostly ellipticalin shape and a dark glossy green in colour. They are conspicuously pale-veined.
The trunk is not quite cylindrical because it is composed of several amalgamated aerial roots. From the speading side branches hang clumps of brown aerial roots that eventually unite. On reaching the griound they take root and glow into separate pillars,suppoting the crown. Inthe very old trees, the original trunk slowly disintegrates, leaving behind the crown entirely supported by the trunk-like root pillars.Right at the main entrance to the Ranthambore National Park stands a majestic Banyan Tree.
Like the Peepal tree, the Banyan tree appears to bear no flowers, only fruits.
Fig of the Banyan don't have stalks and grow in the pairs in the leaf angle. The fig become bright red on ripening and are much sought by birds and bats, who cause seed dispersal. Monkeys are also fond of them.
The banyan is considered sacred by the Hindus. The tree s widely planted for shade and its leaves are used for fodder. Coarse fibre can be made out of the bark and the hanging roots. The leaves are stiched into plates.
RANTHAMBOR IS FAMOUS FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST BANYAN TREES IN INDIA AT JOGI MAHAL.