Ficus hispida (Moraceae)

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A rather interesting and very widespread tropical fig is often found beside creeks. This fig is cauliflorus, meaning it bears fruits on the trunks. In this species, the figs are somewhat hairy and ripen yellow. This species has an impressive list of medicinal properties (see article), particularly in Ayurvedic medicine.

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The opposite leaf arrangement of this species is unsual, but some other figs such as the very aptly known Ficus opposita does a similar thing-a-ma-jig.

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Hairy figs


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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