Ficus prostrata (Wall. ex Miq.) Buch.-Ham. ex Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi 3: 297 1867. (Syn: Covellia prostrata Miq.);
India (North-East region), Bangladesh, China, Vietnam 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;
Small tree up to 8 m tall. Bark grayish brown, with small warts otherwise smooth, membranous. Leaves alternate, obovate-lanceolate to oblong, acuminate, smooth, base cuneate to slightly obtuse, margin entire, apex acuminate, pubescent along the nerves beneath, petiole 2-3 cm long, stipules lanceolate. Figs on leafless branchlets, underground at maturity, solitary, pear-shaped, tuberculate, with scale-like hairs, peduncle 6-12 mm, involucral bracts ovate, apex irregularly acuminate, lateral bracts present. Male flowers calyx lobes 3-4, Stamens 1-2, pistillode broadly ovoid to rhombic, with a persistent lateral style and linear stigma. Achenes minutely tubercled. Syconus fruit.
Seeds are passed through the alimentary canals of birds and other animals that feed on the fruits.
Wasps play an important role in pollination and reproduction of this species.
Susceptible to insect pests.
Deciduous forests up to 4,400 ft.
Global Distribution: Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Vietnam.
Local Distribution: Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim.
MS April, 2018/02 Ficus prostrata : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Location : Hmunpui, Mizoram
Date : 23-07-2015
Habit : Small deciduous tree
Habitat : Wild
Mizo : Thei-tit
Note : Fruit edible
This is Ficus prostrata (Wall. ex Miq.) Buch.-Ham. ex Miq., a complete leaf profile and habit could be more helpful for identification.