strangler

A plant that, when young, is either a climber on another plant or an epiphyte. The strangler’s stems or aerial roots thicken, ramify and interconnect round the host stem to become strong enough to prevent its continued radial growth, eventually helping to kill it.



This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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