Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Moraceae

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Ficus virens Aiton

Leaf arrangement

Alternate distichous

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Oblong, Ovate

Leaf Apex

Acuminate

Leaf Base

Truncate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A large deciduous tree without aerial roots, frequently epiphytic.

Habitat and Distribution : Occasional in hills above 800m; in forest. Sri Lanka, India to the Solomon Islands.

Indigenous Information : Fruits edible. Bears and tortoises have been observed feeding on the fruit.

Field Tips : Bark greenish-grey, smooth. Wood grey and moderately hard.

 

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Names:

English : Spotted White Fig
Irula : Sellai
Tamil : Ichchi, Malai ichchi
Hindi : Pakri
Malayalam : Cherla
Kannada : Basari

Flower:

A fig, axillary, paired, globose, cream coloured, thick walled.

Fruit :

An achene, smooth. Figs ripening by December.

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Moraceae