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Himbabao
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Himbabao
D Introduced Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Himbabao
Botanical name: Allaeanthus luzonicus    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Allaeanthus glaber, Morus luzonica, Broussonetia luzonica

Himbabao is a medium-sized deciduous tree growing to a height of 15 m with a trunk diameter of 30 cm. Bark is smooth. Leaves are alternate with a pointed apex and rounded base. Lower leaf surface is hairy. Flowers are very small, borne on long, slender, spike-like flowering branches. Inflorescences are pistillate and staminate borne on separate plants. Fruit is a round syncarp with numerous seeds, endocarp crustaceous to woody. The plant is widely distributed in the Philippines and Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes is an island in Indonesia) in secondary forests. It is rare in cultivation in India.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar, Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in cultivation at FRLHT (TDU) Garden, Bengaluru.

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