Dye Fig
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Dye Fig
ative Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Dye Fig, Humped Fig • Marathi: Datir • Tamil: Kaliatthi • Malayalam: Itthi • Kannada: ಗೊಡ್ಡುಮಿಟ್ಲೆ Goddumitle, ಮರಮಿಟ್ಲೆ Maramitle, ಮರಮಿಟಲೆ Maramitale • Gujarati: ઉંબર Umbar
Botanical name: Ficus tinctoria subsp. gibbosa    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Ficus gibbosa, Ficus parasitica, Ficus swinhoei

Dye Fig is a climbing strangler, forming a tree with prop-roots, to 25m. Alternately arrange leaves, to 18x9 cm, are oval, glossy dark green above, pale green below, and have rounded tip and base. Leaves are often asymmetrial. Stalks are thick, to 1.5 cm. Fruit is a fig, appearing in leaf axils, usually paired, round, to 1.5 cm, ripening through orange to red or purple. The fruit of dye fig are the source of a red dye used in traditional fabric making in parts of Indonesia.

Identification credit: Varun Sharma Photographed in Nature India Nursery, Nasik.

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