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The National Tree Banyan

The National Tree of India, Banyan is a very huge structure, long and deep roots and branches symbolize the country's unity. One can find banyan trees throughout the nation. The huge sized tree acts as a shield, protects from hot sun and rain. This is the reason why the tree is planted near homes, temples, villages and roadsides.

In the rural parts of the country, banyan tree is considered as the focal point of the Panchayats and the gathering place for village councils and meetings. The tree is also considered sacred by the Hindus. With high medicinal value, banyan is often used as a herb to treat and cure many diseases.

The tree bears fruits that look like figs. The fruits, which appear red in colour when matured, are not edible. The dark green leaves of the tree are large and leathery. They are used as animal fodder.

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