Climbing Fig is an enthusiastic climber able to scramble up vertical
surfaces 3-4 stories tall with the aid of a powerful adhesive. This vine
coats surfaces with a tracery of fine stems that are densely covered with
small heart shaped leaves that are 2.5 cm long by about 2 cm wide, they
are held closely to the surface creating a mat of foliage that extends
barely 1 in from the surface. These are the juvenile leaves. Once the vine
has reach the top of its support if will begin to form horizontal branches
on which adult foliage is borne. Adult leaves are held alternately in two
rows along these branches. They are more leathery than the juveniles, and
are dark green, and about 3 in long by 2 in wide. The fruit is a fig,
obovoid top-shaped. These are borne only on the horizontal stems, they are
pale green in color and about 3 in long by 2.5 in wide. Climbing Fig is
native to China, Japan and Vietnam, cultivated in India.
Identification credit: Amit Kumar
Photographed in Manipur, Maharashtra & Dehradun.
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