Afghan Fig
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Afghan Fig
D Introduced Photo: Milind Girdhari
Common name: Afghan Fig
Botanical name: Ficus johannis subsp. afghanistanica    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Ficus afghanistanica, Ficus afghanica , Ficus carica var. afghanica

Afghan Fig is a shrub or tree up to 10 m or more. Branchlets are velvet-hairy to nearly hairless. Leaves are deciduous, 7-9 cm long, somewhat heart-shaped, 3-5-lobed, reminiscent of a maple leaf, upper surface rough, lower surface with some pubescence, margins distinctly toothed, tip blunt; leaf-stalk up to 5 cm long, velvet-hairy or hairless. Figs are edible, 2-3.5 cm long, pear-shaped, stalk about 2 cm long. Afghan Fig is native to Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan. It has quietly entered into cultivation in various countries including India.

Identification credit: Milind Girdhari, J.V. Sudhaka Photographed in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

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