White Fig
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White Fig
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: White Fig • Hindi: पिलखन Pilkhan, पाखड़ Pakhad, पाकड़ Pakad • Manipuri: ꯆꯤꯡ ꯍꯩꯕꯣꯡ Ching Heibong • Marathi: Bassari, Gandhaumbara • Tamil: Kurugatti • Malayalam: ചെരാലാ Cherala • Nepali: काब्रो Kaabro • Telugu: Badijuvvi, Jatti • Kannada: Kari-basari, juvvi • Gujarati: પેપરી Pepri • Sanskrit: प्लक्षः Plaksha, जटी Jatee, पर्कटी Parkatee • Mizo: Zai-hri
Botanical name: Ficus virens    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Ficus infectoria var. wightiana, Ficus monticola

White Fig is a large strangling fig with a spreading canopy. The aerial roots commonly wrap around the main stem instead of forming props. The leaves are from 8-19 cm long and 3-6 cm wide, with a whitish midrib. Stipules are less than 1 cm long. The pea-sized figs are in pairs and greenish-white to brown with spots. It is a beautiful shade tree. Leaves begin to drop mid February. New leafs emerge in March with colors of purple and red and bronze, giving the tree a wonderful look. The color transformation goes on till April.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Jamia Millia campus & Lodhi Garden, Delhi.

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