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Ficus benjamina  L.


Botanical Name


Ficus benjamina L.

English Name


Benjamin's fig, Benjamin tree, Golden fig, Java fig, Java fig tree, Tropic-laurel, Weeping Chinese banyan, Weeping fig, Weeping-laurel, Small-leaved rubber plant.



Ficus haematocarpa Blume, Urostigma haematocarpum Miq., Urostigma benjaminum Miq., Ficus benyamina L., Ficus nitida auct., Ficus retusa auct.





General Info


A strangling, smooth plant, assuming a tree-form and reaching a height of 15 meters or more, with dropping branches. Leaves are leathery, oblong-ovate, 6 to 9 centimeters long, with prominent and rather slender point, rounded base, entire margins, smooth, green and shinning; the nerves slender, spreading, and not prominent. The petioles are 5 to 10 millimeters long. Fruit is axillary, solitary, stalkless, dark-purple and fleshy when mature, somewhat spherical, and 1 centimeter in diameters.


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Medicinal Use

The root, root-bark and leaves boiled in oil are applied on wounds and bruises. The juice of the bark has a reputation for curing liver diseases. The pounded leaves and bark are applied as a poultice for rheumatic disease and headache.



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