Botanic Name Ficus microcarpa
Family Moracreae
English Name Chinese banyan
Malayalam Name Ithi
Sanskit Plaksah
Habit Tree
Description Evergreen Tree Leaves simple, alternate, spiral. Flowers unisexual; inflorescence a syconia, sessile, in axillary pairs, globose, glabrous, orifice plane or slightly raise; flowers of 4 kinds; male flowers numerous; sessile or shortly pedicelled; female flowers sessile. Syconium, globose, glabrous, pink with yellow shades when ripe; achenes smooth.
Distribution: Indo-Malesia to Pacific Islands and South China
Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, also in the plains
Flowering & Fruiting March-May
System of medicine: Ayurveda and Folk
Parts used: Bark, root, leaves and buds
Properties & uses: Pungent, bitter and aphrodisiac. Bark is useful in burning sensation, leucoderma, ulcer, leprosy and itching. Bark of the root and leaves boiled in oil and used for the treatment of wounds and bruises. Pounded bark and leaves are used in headache

Cultivation Aspects NA