Ficus virens aka Spotted Fig


Ficus virens (also known as white fig or pilkhan) is a beautiful shade tree in the Moraceae family of plants, native to Pakistan, India, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, and Northern Australia. It is a medium-sized tree which can grow up to 32 metres in wetter areas, and has two marked growth periods in India: in spring (February-May) and in monsoon season (June-September). Foliage begins to drop in mid-February, and new leaves emerge in March with colors of purple, red and bronze. All plants in this genus are quite unique as they produce figs which are pollinated by tiny wasps and contain latex, a milky sap which is toxic when twig is broken. Two famous specimens of this tree are the Curtain Fig Tree of the Atherton Tableland near Cairns, and the Tree of Knowledge in Darwin.

Common names

Spotted Fig, Mountain Fig, Spotted White Fig

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