Within even the most crowded urban settings, the most charismatic of trees stand tall. tree.octopus.net is an
attempt at an online illustrated compendium of landmark trees in India. The brainchild of American naturalist Yoav
Bar-ness, it lists India's tree wealth, from snowy cedar forests to humid mangroves. It has the usual suspects like the
famous Bodhi Tree at Bodh Gaya and the Giant banyan at Kolkata's Botanical Gardens. There are lesser known
details. The Golden Temple of Amritsar is built around a ber tree known to be 450 years old. At the tomb of the
16th century musician Tansen in Gwalior, a tamarind tree has leaves reputed to have the magical property of bestowing a
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