Ficus benghalensis var krishnae

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Ficus benghalensis L. var. krishnae C. DC.
  • The specific epithet benghalensis comes from the fact that the plant is native of Bengal.

  • Common Name : Krishna Vad, Makhankatori, Krishna Fig, Krishna's Butter Cup
  • Common Name Details :

    According to the Hindu legend Lord Krishna transformed the Banyan leaves into such cups in order to eat butter from them. Hence it is also commonly called "Makhan Katori".

  • Plant Family : Moraceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Ficus benghalensis var krishnae Plant :

  • Habit : A small much branched tree with dull white bark and trunk with distant, horizontal wrinkles.
  • Leaves : Ovate-lanceolate, acute or bluntly acuminate at apex, cuneate and forming a puch at base, entire along margins, petioles 3-10 cm long.
  • Inflorescence: Hypanthodium, receptacles depressed globose, pubescent, in sessile pairs, androgynous, in axillary pairs, red when ripe, with 3 basal bracts.
  • Flowers : Male flowers near the mouth, staminate florets stipitate, perianth 2-3 lobed, stamen 1, filament 1 mm long, anthers dorsifixed, slits medium. Gall flowers sepals 4, style short.Pistillate flowers sessile, the perianth of 3 or 4 tepals, ovary straight, long, excentric.
  • Fruit : Syconus red, globose.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October - April
  • Significance : Ornamental plant.