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  Ficus mollis
 
  Family: MORACEAE
  Citation:  Ficus mollis Vahl, Symb. Bot. 1: 82. 1790; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 298. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 312. 2002. Ficus tomentosa Roxb. ex Willd., Sp. Pl. 4: 1136. 1806; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 501. 1888; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1361(952). 1928.
  Malayalam Name(s): Itchi
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  Description: Deciduous trees, epiphytic or independent, to 15 m high; aerial roots few or more; bark 5-6 mm thick, surface greyish-white, smooth. Leaves simple, alternate spiral; stipule lateral, ovate-lanceolate, densely appressed, brown-strigose, cauducous, leaving an annular scar; petiole 10-50 mm long, stout, tomentose, often with a subglandular patch on the back at the junction with the midrib below; lamina 6-15 x 3-9 cm, elliptic, oblong, obovate, elliptic-ovate, elliptic-obovate, ovate-oblong, base round or cordate, apex obtuse, subacute or obtusely tomentose on both sides when young, becoming glabrescent above and tomentose beneath when mature, coriaceous; 3-7-ribbed from base; lateral nerves 5-6 pairs, pinnate, prominent beneath, intercostae reticulate, faint. Flowers unisexual; inflorescence a syconia, sessile, in axillary pairs, subglobose, tomentose, orifice cicular, slightly raised, closed by 3 glabrous apical bracts in a disc; internal bristles sparse to abundant; basal bracts 3, 4-5 mm long, half covering the body of syconia, ovate, acute, often split, velvety tomentose without; flowers of 4 kinds; male flowers disperse; pedicel 0.7 mm long, tepals 4, reddish, free, lanceolate, stamen 1, filament 0.3 mm, anther oblong; female flowers sessile; tepals 4, shorter than ovary, ovary superior, ellipsoid-globose, 1 mm, brown; style 1.5 mm, tapering; gall flowers sessile or pedicellate; tepals 4, shorter than the smooth ovary; style short. Fruit a syconium 5-8 mm across, fleshy, grey, tomentose; achenes smooth.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-June
  District(s): Palakkad, Idukki
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests
  Distribution: India and Sri Lanka
  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:
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  Localities: Churullipetty, Chinnar, Alampetty, Kuchimudi
   
 
   
 
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