Veined-Leaf Fig
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Veined-Leaf Fig
E Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Veined-Leaf Fig • Assamese: চেপনী দিমোৰু Chepani-dimoru, Khanpati Dimoru, Kharipati-dimoru • Malayalam: ഈചാമരമ് Eechamaram, ഈചാ Eeccha • Tamil: நீர் ஆல் Neer-aal
Botanical name: Ficus nervosa    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Urostigma nervosum

Veined-Leaf Fig is a tall tree, buttressed, up to 35 m tall. Bark is greyish, smooth; blaze cream. Young branchlets are round, hairless or somewhat velvet-hairy, latex white. Leaves are simple, alternate, spiral; stipules up to 1 cm long, ovate-lanceshaped, falling off and leaving annular scar; leaf-stalk 0.8-3 cm long, blade 6-18 x3-8 cm, narrow elliptic-oblong, lanceshaped or inverted-lanceshaped, tip tapering or with a tail, base narrow, margin slightly wavy, papery or thinly leathery, hairless, drying green above, brown beneath; midrib flat above; basally 3-nerved; secondary nerves 8-13 pairs, prominent; tertiary nerves netveined or admedially ramified. Figs are borne in leaf-axils and on leafless twigs, paired or solitary, 0.8-1.5 cm across, almost pear-shaped, red, hairless, stalk 2.5 cm long. Veined-Leaf Fig is found in India to SE Asia and Taiwan.

Identification credit: Varun Sharma, Milind Girdhari, J.V. Sudhakar Photographed in Sesawm, Mizoram & Thane Disttt., Maharashtra.

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