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  Ficus superba
  Family: MORACEAE
  Citation:  Ficus superba Miq., Ann. Mus. Lugd.-Bat. 2: 200. 1866; Priyadarsan, Journ. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 96: 492. 1999.
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  Description: Large glabrous stranglers, without aerial roots, up to a height of ca 20-25 m. Leaves in alternate helix, towards the tip of twigs, 10-25 x 5.8 cm, elliptic, acutely acuminate at apex, acumen 0.8-1 cm long, obtuse at base, dark green, glabrous, slightly coriaceous, entire, slightly undulating on the margin, 3 ribbed at the base, 8-10 pairs of lateral, slender, prominent nerves, middle ones at an angle of 60-800 to the midrib, brochidodromous, tertiaries percurrent, forked and convex; stipules short, blunt, villous and caducous; petiole 5-9 cm long, always longer than the width of lamina. Figs in cauliflorous clusters of 2-6, usually produced on short, perennial tubercles born on the older twigs well below the node, pedunculate, peduncle 0.5-1.0 cm, globose, 1.0-1.2 cm when ripe, green with pale spots in early stages, becoming creamy white to purple; basal bracts 3, triangular and deciduous; male flowers ostiolar, sessile, monandrous, with double anther sacs and perianth of 3 tepals fused at the base.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting:
  District(s): Palakkad, Wayanad
  Habitat: Semi-evergreen forests
  Distribution: South East Asia to Australia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
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  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Shoranur, Vaytri
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