Ficus curtipes Corner, Gard. Bull. Singapore 17: 397 1960. (syn: Ficus obtusifolia Roxb. [Illegitimate]);
India (Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura, W. Bengal), Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Indochina, Malesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand as per Synopsis of the Genus Ficus L. (Moraceae) in India Lal Babu Chaudhary*, Jana Venkata Sudhakar, Anoop Kumar, Omesh Bajpai, Rinkey Tiwari and G. V. S. Murthy- Taiwania, 57(2): 193-216, 2012;


Ficus curtipes (mixed thread): Attachments (7). 25 posts by 10 authors.
Please help me to identify this Ficus species.
Date/Time- 30-10-10 (1:15 PM)
Location- Kokrajhar, Assam
Habitat- – Wild (in shaded area,along a perennial stream,
Plant Habit- Tree (c 8 m) (Photographed from a broken stem)

Height/Length-  8-10 m
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 15-28 X 6.5-13 cm
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- Light pink (with little scars)
Occurence: Rare

This is great. Never seen this before. Could this be some variety of Ficus elastica. Not the general elastica of course.

One of my friends … who is revising Moraceae of India (excluding Ficus) has identified this as Ficus curtipes Corner.
Comments please.

Ficus for ID : 280611 : AK-1: 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Taken at Garden of Five Senses, Delhi on the 4th of Nov, 2008.
A medium sized tree.


What is correct name for Ficus panda?

Leaves seem to be obtuse therefore it should be Ficus curtipes Corner (=F. obtusifolia). Ficus panda is a nursery or floricultural term for Ficus benjamina usually used for hedges and boundary plantation.


A Ficus for i.d. : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

A Ficus growing on a Dillenia tree. Bhalukpong, Assam. For i.d.

Isn’t Calophyllum inophyllum

the fruits of C. inophyllum look different …

I think you are right.
What about Ficus microcarpa (?) as per link:

If you just consider the leaves, well they are like C. inophyllum. But
these are real figs, and the plant grew on the Dillenia tree,
climbing. It is likely a Ficus.

By any chance could it be strangler fig then, going purley by the description “the plant grew on the Dillenia tree,climbing. It is likely a Ficus.”

Leaves appear to be obtuse, it should be Ficus curtipes Corner.

The photographs identified as Ficus curtipes (=F. obtusifolia).


unid Fig-TQ03 : 14 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)

Looks like a fig tree.
Small (maybe young) tree, cultivated
Leaves leathery, shining, obovate, rounded tip.
Photographed on 2nd Sept 2010
Location Delhi (Garden of Five Senses)

Foliage looks too big to be F. microcarpa or F. microcarpa ‘Green Gem’, but too small and wrong shape to be F. elastica,  F. macrophylla, or F. columnaris. Looks close (shape, size) to F. rubiginosa, but foliage lacks any tomentum, is too concolorous, and has fruit of the wrong color.
That’s about all I’ve got. I’m pretty certain it is one that I haven’t seen before.

Eliminating a few candidates is a significant step.

I think F. microcarpa

Here are mine from Delhi. Attachments (2)

How about Ficus nitida?

Thanks …,  Seems to be the right ID! Compare with this image
Only that Ficus nitida is a synonym of Ficus benjamina var. benjamina, according to GRIN.

The synonym was confusing to me
Ficus nitida Thunb. = Ficus benjamina L. var. benjamina
Ficus nitida auct non Blume = Ficus microcarpa
I checked with the drawing in Flora of Pakistan
and the leaves and fruit agree quite well with my plant. Particularly
the veins near the leaf base is the same.
However, my plant still looks different from those in …
pictures and also from the images of Ficus microcarpa on FOI
By the way, there exists a ficus microcarpa var. nitida too.
Clarifications are welcome.

Another small point. The leaf illustrations of Ficus microcarpa at
Flora of Pakistan and Flora of North America don’t agree very well

Yes Tabish sir, I realised just now that there are many issues in
synonymy. I tend to rely more on IPNI than on GRIN.
There are three nitidas

Ficus nitida Thunb. Ficus 10. 1786 [21 Dec 1786] THIS IS VALID
Ficus nitida Miq. London J. Bot. 6: 582. 1847 ; nom. inval. (Valid name is Ficus straita)
Ficus nitida B.Heyne ex Roth Nov. Pl. Sp. 387. 1821 [Apr 1821] ; nom. inval. (Valid name is Urostigma nitidum)
Similarly there are three benjaminas 😛
Ficus benjamina L. — Mant. Pl. 129. (1767) (This should be valid) and so should be Ficus benjamina var. benjamina
Ficus benjamina Willd. — Sp. Pl., ed. 4 [Willdenow] 4(2): 1143. (1806)
Ficus benjamina Wall. — Numer. List [Wallich] n. 4503. (1830)
Then there are four microcarpas:
Ficus microcarpa L.f. — Suppl. Pl. 442. (1782) (this is Valid)
Ficus microcarpa Blume — Bijdr. Fl. Ned. Ind. 9: 442. (1825)
Ficus microcarpa Vahl — Enum. Pl. [Vahl] ii. 188. 1805
Ficus microcarpa Hort. Berol. ex Walp. — Ann. Bot. Syst. (Walpers) i. 677.
I remember one of the members was interested in Ficus, we can just poke him to get involved. Hemant Tripathi. I am forwarding this to him to comment if he has any, and another friend of mine in Thailand, who has interest in Ficus and Oaks.
Can you please check this plant and give your comments. …, you
may pass this on to … Hope he is doing fine.

Should be Ficus curtipes Corner (F. obtusifolia Roxb. – Illegitimate)

Thanks …! That is the right ID I think! The tree is native to eastern parts of India, used as an ornamental.

Ficus sp. from Meghalaya KD 02 2016 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Attached images may be Ficus sp. Please ID the plant.

Date : 20.08..2016
Location: West Khasi Hills, Meghalaya
Family : Moraceae
Genus & species : Ficus sp (?).
Habitat: Grows wild on road side
Habit : Tree

The photographs identified and confirmed as Ficus curtipes Corner (=Ficus obtusifolia Roxb.).

Amazing photographs of Ficus curtipes Corner


Ficus Species for ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 10SEP17 : AK-05 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Ficus Species seen in Lalbagh on 2nd Sept,17.

It was a small tree.

The closest I can think of is Ficus curtipes.
Hope to get the id validated.

It a Microphylla spp.

check this matches Ficus microcarpa, L. f. <=> Laurel Fig Tree


Plant Species ID: please id this plant species

नांद्रुक Ficus microcarpa

Yes look like Nandruk, Ficus microcarpa

This should be Ficus curtipes Corner

Sir, Photographs are confirmed as Ficus curtipes (=F. obtusa).


SK1651 17 Dec 2018 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)- around 500 kb each.
Location Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation :  4500 ft.
Date  26 August 2018
Habit : Cultivated
Which Ficus sp.. ??

Pl. check comparative images at

Sir, the photos are identified as Ficus curtipes (=F. obtusifolia)

Ficus curtipes Corner. Thank you …

This should be Ficus curtipes


Ficus id please: 2 images.
Found in nursery garden in Chennai in the month of June.

Ficus curtipes?

What I understand from my taxonomy friend (who is familiar with Ficus species) is: “This seems to be Ficus elastica (cultivar /ornamental variety) may be from Havaii, now a days lot of manipulation is being done on this species for commercial purposes, the other near proximity species are F.craterostoma, F.cyathistipula, F.concinna are being bred for bonsai and indoor display”

Check for Ficus retusa as well – feedback from another friend.

To me also appears close to images at Ficus curtipes

There is no doubt about this photograph to be of Ficus curtipes but presence of receptacles (figs) will help in differentiating this from Ficus ilicina an African Ficus species with similar leaf morphology and used as a bonsai in commercial plants.

There is also a variety of Ficus natalensis with similar leaves, so receptacles are necessary for authentication.

In nursery they are calling it as lipstick fig.

We have one Ficus natalensis subsp. leprieurii (Cultivated) on our site, but it looks different.

This looks close. …:

Here are below some links for Ficus natalensis and its sub-species or varieties.

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