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  Ficus drupacea var. pubescens
 
  Family: MORACEAE
  Citation:  Ficus drupacea Thunb. var. pubescens (Roth) Corner, Gard. Bull. Singapore 17: 381. 1960 & 21: 13. 1965; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 276. 1982; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 750. 1990; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 446. 1990; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 352. 1995; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 12,18. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 428. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 302. 1997; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 665. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 392. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 311. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 631. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 463. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 661. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 771. 2009. Ficus mysorensis Heyne ex Roth in Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg. 1: 508. 1817; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 500. 1888; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1361(952). 1928. Ficus mysorensis Heyne ex Roth var. pubescens Roth in Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg. 1: 508. 1817; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 500. 1888; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1361(952). 1928.
  Malayalam Name(s): Chela, Kallal
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  Description: Trees to 25 m high; aerial roots often numerous, arising in tufts from the stout branches; bark surface greyish-brown, smooth; exudation milky; young shoots brown pubescent. Leaves simple, alternate, spiral, subdistichous, 10-22 x 6-15 cm, ovate or elliptic-ovate, apex abruptly acuminate,base round or subcordate, margin entire, tender leaves tomentose below, glabrous above and scurfy tomentose beneath when mature, coriaceous; 3-5-ribbed from base, lateral nerves 9-13 pairs, parallel, prominent beneath, intercostae reticulate, prominent; stipule 10-25 mm long, lateral, broadly lanceolate, tomentose; petiole 1.2-3.5 cm long, stout, grooved above, glandular at apex below, tomentose. Flowers unisexual; inflorescence a syconium, sessile, in axillary pairs, ellipsoid-globose, thick walled, tomentose without, at first covered by stout conical tomentose stipule; basal bracts 3, 2-6 mm, orbicular, concave, brown-pilose without, obtuse, orifice umbonate, closed by 3-4 apical bracts, not forming a flat disc; internal bristles a few; flowers of 4 kinds; male flowers disperse, numerous; pedicel to 4 mm long; tepals 2-3, free, brown, acute; stamen 1, exserted; filament sessile; tepals 3-4, free, brown, acute, ovary superior, obovoid, 0.7 mm, brown; style filiform 2 mm; gall flowers pedicellate; pedicel 0.2-3.5 mm; tepals 3, free; ovary obovoid; style short, subterminal. Syconium 1.5-2 cm across, orange red when ripe; achene smooth.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: March-April
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
  Distribution: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Laos
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s):
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 700-1200
  Localities: Peechi, Vellanimala, Rosemala, Kokkara, Swamikkayam, Parambikulam, Kaikatty, Plapally, Mandhampatti-Mukkali, Cherthala, Vandanam, Vadapuram, Ariankavu, Athirumala
   
 
   
 
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