Ficus auriculata: Broad-leaf Fig


Ficus auriculata also known as Broad-leaf Fig, Elephant Ear Fig and Roxburgh Fig, is an evergreen small tree reaching 8 m/24 feet tall. The new growth is a deep coppery red color that matures to light green. Large rounded figs 3 inches wide by 1 inch tall form in clusters on the trunk and larger branches [cauliflorous] and remain on the plant for extended periods.


This plant has an extensive range from India east to Nepal, China, and Southeast Asia where its figs are considered edible and quite delicious. The fruit is eaten fresh or added to pineapple juice for a refreshing drink.

Photos, SBP Singapore 20090319


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