Botanical name: Ficus heterophylla Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Ficus cannabina, Ficus aquatica, Ficus repens
Creeping Fig is a large prostrate shrub with milky sap. Leaves are alternate, elliptic-oblong, young ones pinnately 5-7 lobed, 5-7 by 2-3 cm, base rounded, margin sawtoothed, tip tapering, 3-nerved from base, lateral nerves 5-7 pairs, rough, thin-leathery. The fact that the plant generally sports two different kinds of leaves led to its species name heterophylla. Figs are borne singly in leaf-axils, dioecious, broadly ellipsoid, about 1 cm across; basal bracts ovate, closed by 4-6 apical bracts; tepals 3, linear-lanceate. Male flowers are in 2-3 series, stalked; stamen 1. Female ones are stalkless; ovary ovoid. Achenes are shortly ellipsoid, surface with a transparent membrane. Creeping Fig is found in moist areas, near rivers and streams, from India to China (S. Yunnan, Guangdong) and W. Malesia. Flowering: July-November.
Medicinal uses: The leaf paste is applied for several days as a poultice on areas affected by rheumatism or on ear infections.
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