Bark greenish-grey, smooth. Wood grey and moderately hard.
A fig, axillary, paired, globose, cream coloured, thick walled.
An achene, smooth. Figs ripening by December.
A large deciduous tree without aerial roots, frequently epiphytic."
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Ficus virens
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Ficus virens
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
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Ficus virens is a plant of the genus Ficus found in India, southeast Asia, through Malaysia and into Northern Australia. Its common name is White Fig; it is locally known as pilkhan and in the Gun-djeihmi language it is called an-borndi. Like many figs, its fruits are edible. One of the most famous specimens of this tree is the Curtain Fig Tree of the Atherton Tableland, near Cairns, a popular tourist attraction.
It is a medium sized tree which grows to a height of 24- 27m in New Delhi and up to 32m tall in wetter areas. This tree is a fig tree belonging to the group of trees known as strangler figs, which is because its seeds can germinate on other trees and grow to strangle and eventually kill the host tree.
It has two marked growth periods in its Indian environment: in spring (February to early May), and in the time of the monsoon rains (i.e. June to early September). The new leaves are a beautiful shade of reddish pink and very pleasing to the eye.
This is a very massive tree in which the size of the crown can sometimes exceed the height of the tree. the oldest and most massive pilkhan trees in delhi can be seen inside the complex of the Humayuns tomb.
Use as food
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