FICUS BENJAMINA L. var. comosa (Roxb.) Kurz.

Synonyms: Ficus comosa Roxb.

Family: Moraceae

Bengali/vernacular name: Pakur, Paikar; Jiri Bot (Chittagong).

English name: Willow-fig, Java-fig, Swamp-fig.

Description of the plant:
A large, graceful, evergreen tree with spreading crown and drooping branches. Leaves, rigidly chartaceous, 5-9 cm long, ovate to elliptically ovate, rather long and blantish acuminate. Receptacles sessile, by pairs or solitary, in the axils of the leaves, globular or almost obovate, varying in size from 8 mm to nearly 2 cm diam., blood-red when ripe.


FICUS BENJAMINA
FICUS BENJAMINA L. var. comosa (Roxb.) Kurz.


Using information:
In Malabar, a decoction of the leaves mixed with oil is applied to ulcers. The milky juice is used against whitening of the cornea by the mundas of Chota Nagpur. When a baby’s eyes get white, they mix the juice with mother’s milk and instill about two drops of the mixture in its eyes (Yusuf et al. 2009).

Distribution:
Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and northern districts.


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