Dotted Climbing Fig
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Dotted Climbing Fig
P Native Photo: Aditya Gadkari
Common name: Dotted Climbing Fig
Botanical name: Ficus punctata    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Ficus aurantiacea, Ficus macrocarpa, Ficus pomifera

Dotted Climbing Fig is a woody root climber, rooting freely from stems and branches to attach itself to trunk and branches of host tree. The figs are spherical to ovoid, fleshy, unusually large, up to 10 cm across, stalkless and produced at leaf axils or along leafless branches. They ripen from green to speckled orange, turning purple-black and possessing fruity scent when overripe. Its alternate, stalked leaves have leathery leaf blades that are oblong to elliptic to obovate to broadly sickle shaped, 1-12 cm long by 0.5-7.5 cm wide, glossy dark green above, light green below with prominent netted venation. The plant is dioecious, with different plants producing male or female flowers. All bruised parts exude milky-white latex. Dotted Climbing Fig is found in Andaman Islands and SE Asia.

Identification credit: Aditya Gadkari Photographed in Mount Harriet National Park, Andaman & Nicobar.

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