Large-Fruit Climbing Fig
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Large-Fruit Climbing Fig
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Large-Fruit Climbing Fig
Botanical name: Ficus amplocarpa    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Ficus macrocarpa, Pogonotrophe macrocarpa

Large-Fruit Climbing Fig is a climbing shrub with young branches finely velvet-hairy or hairless. Leaves are broadly ovate, sometimes inequilateral, margin entire, tip tapering, membranous, base rounded to slightly heart-shaped, lateral veins about 3-6 on either side of midvein, with minute reticulations, hairless above, beneath velvet-hairy, sub-hairless, leaf-stalk about 4-7 cm long, stipules lanceshaped, finely velvet-hairy or hairless about 0.7 cm long. Figs are usually borne on leafless branchlets, spherical, velvet-hairy to nearly hairless, spotted, 2.5-6.2 cm across. Basal bracts are absent, stalk about 0.7 cm long. Wasps play an important role in pollination and reproduction of this fig. Large-Fruit Climbing Fig is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: September-July.

Identification credit: Varun Sharma Photographed in Shola forest, near Munnar, Kerala.

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