Eastern Laurel Fig
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Eastern Laurel Fig
E Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Eastern Laurel Fig • Mizo: Hnahhlun
Botanical name: Ficus curtipes    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Ficus obtusifolia Roxb. [Illegitimate]

Eastern Laurel Fig is a tree which can grow on other plants when young. Bark is pale grey, smooth. Leaves are narrowly elliptic-oblong, or obovate, thickly leathery, hairless, base wedge-shaped, margin entire, tip rounded, lateral veins obscure, 8-10 on either side of midvein, obsolete above, distinct beneath, inprominent on both surfaces. Leaf-stalk is about 1.5 cm, stipules lanceshaped, hairless, 1-2.4 cm. Figs are rather crowded, in leaf-axils on leafy branchlets, paired, yellowish or reddish when ripe, spherical 1-1.5 cm in diameter, apical pore flat, basal bracts 3 leathery large, rounded, heart-shaped, stalkless, involucral bracts green. Male, gall, and female flowers within the same fig. Achenes are ovate-rotund, tubercled and sticky, with a sticky surface membrane, tuberculate. Eastern Laurel Fig is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, N India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, Thailand, Vietnam, at altitudes of 500-1400 m.

Identification credit: Varun Sharma Photographed in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.

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