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Tree Roots Gallery

Once upon a time – well, up to the 1930s, people believed  that tree roots’ systems mirrored the plant above ground!

Now we know that roots extend two or three times the tree’s radius, often four to seven times.  And over 90 percent of tree roots are in the upper 60 cm of soil. Tree roots serve two important functions; they anchor the tree in the soil, keeping it straight and stable, and absorb water from the soil and take nutrients and chemicals out of the soil and use them to produce what they need for the tree's growth, development, and repair.


Bangalow palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana)
Large-leafed orange mangrove (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza)
Tropical rainforest floor surrounding a buttressed tree
Screw pine (Pandanus tectorius)
Roots of a tree underwater
Strangler fig (Ficus watkinsiana)
A tree root half-covered by fallen leaves in autumn colour
Leaf litter among buttrees roots possibly of a Fig tree (Ficus sp.)
A strangler fig (Ficus sp.)
Mangrove tree at low tide with roots exposed
Above and below view of mangrove trees
Grey mangrove (Avicennia marina), New South Wales, Australia
Golden strangler fig (Ficus aurea)
Tree on a beach with aerial roots
Toppled tree revealing its massive root system
Gum tree roots protruding into lava tubes, Volcanic NP Australia
The Curtain Fig, a White fig (Ficus virens)
White mangrove (Avicennia marina)
Cloud forest
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Grey mangrove (Avicennia marina)
Five majestic Moreton Bay fig trees (Ficus macrophylla) on Headstone Road on Norfolk Island
Buttress-rooted tree in subtropical rainforest along Breakfast Creek
Looking-glass mangrove (Heritiera littoralis)
Stilt-rooted mangroves (Rhizophora stylosa)
Mangroves, split level shot
Grey mangrove (Avicennia marina)
Blue quandong (Elaeocarpus angustifolius)
Tree root seeking moisture
A strangler fig (Ficus sp.)
Roots of Ficus trees seeking water that trickles down boulder face
Warm termperate rainforest
Bole of a River red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)
Lake Mountain cross-country ski area still devastated by the catastrophic bushfires in 2009
Chinese banyan (Ficus microcarpa)
Silk cotton tree (Bombax sp.)
Loop-root mangrove (Rhizophora mucronata)
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Grey mangroves (Avicennia marina)
Grey mangrove (Avicennia marina)
Stilt-rooted mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa)
The Great Banyan (Ficus benghalensis)
Fig (Ficus sp.)
Fig tree (Ficus sp.)
Dutch durian or Soursop (Annona muricata)
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Complex and interesting, winding their way through the earth like a labyrinth, art prints featuring tree roots brings nature into every space.