Khasi Fig
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Khasi Fig
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Khasi Fig
Botanical name: Ficus pubigera    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Ficus erecta var. khasiana , Ficus howii

Khasi Fig is a climbinh shrub, with old branchlets hairless, young branchlets densely covered with coarse dark brown hairs. Stipules falling off, lanceshaped, about 4 cm. Leaf-stalks are about 1 cm, sparsely velvet-hairy; leaves brown when dry, oblong to oblong-elliptic, 7-35 x 2.5-15 cm, leathery, hairless, below velvet-hairy and becoming hairless, densely covered with brownish red short pubescence or densely brown woolly, above hairless base wedge-shaped to occasionally rounded, margin entire, tip shortly tapering. Figs are borne in leaf-axils on leafy or on leafless branchlets, spherical, pear-shaped, or conic, 1-2 cm in diameter, surface sparsely warty, hairless, velvet-hairy, or densely covered with brown scale-like hairs. Khasi Fig is found in the Himalayas to SE Asia and China, at altitudes of 400-1400 m. Flowering: April-August.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, J. V. Sudhakar Photographed in Soureni, Mirik, West Bengal.

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