Strangling the Architecture
Indian laurel trees were introduced in the 19th C and are found all over Mexico, in Parks and Plazas. They compete with a native variety of ficus, known as the Strangler Fig, to uproot sidewalks and to destroy Colonial buildings. The roots of a giant fig almost caused us to change the construction plans at Casa Mexilio in the 1980s.
This building on Merida's main square is being attacked by several varieties of strangling trees. It's a shame because one side of this building faces the Merida Zocalo. Shown here is the deteriorated side facing Calle 60, Merida's main commercial boulevard.
The Empress Carlotta, Emperor Maxmillion's wife stayed here when she made a state visit to Yucatan in the 1860s and she spoke to the citizens from one of these balconies. Shame upon the city fathers for letting this eyesore and destruction continue.
And only a block away on one of the remaining balconies of the old bishop's palace of the early 1600s , another Indian laurel tree finds a home. Can you believe they let this happen, when Roundup is sold in a store five blocks away !
Here from another 17th Century building in my own neighborhood a figs finds a foothold.