Characteristics of Long Leaf Banyan Bush (Ficus ischnopoda) in the Wild

Ficus ischnopoda
Long Leaf Banyan Bush or Khasi (Ficus ischnopoda) is a plant species of the genus Ficus native to China (Guizhou and Yunnan), Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. It grows as a shrub between rocks, in steep ravines, and on the slopes of mountains.

The Long Leaf Banyan Bush is a long-leafed shrub similar to the leaf shape of Ficus Alii (Ficus binnendijkii).

Synonymous names for the Long Leaf Banyan Bush include:


    Ficus delavayi
    Ficus pedunculosa var. velutina
    Ficus petelotii
    Ficus pyriformis var. angustifolia
    Ficus pyriformis var. ischnopoda

 

Characteristics of Banyan Bush Leaf

Ficus ischnopoda Leaf
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The leaves are clustered at the apical part of the branches, petiole 5-8 mm.

Leaves oval to elliptical measuring 4-13 × 1-3 cm, thin, smooth, dark green, cuneate base, and sharp edges.

 

Characteristics of Banyan Bush Fruit

Ficus ischnopoda Fruit
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The fruit is a berry 1-2 × 0.5-0.7 cm in size that appears under the armpits of leafy or leafless branches, usually solitary or in pairs.

 

Characteristics of Banyan Bush

Ficus ischnopoda Tree
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Long Leaf Banyan Bush grows to form 2-4 meter tall shrubs. The bark is gray, smooth, bright whitish. The conspicuous branches are marked with traces of fallen leaves.

 

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