Ficus laevis

Botanical name:  Ficus laevis Blume

Local name: Peyathi
Habitat: Evergreen and shola forests
Flowering & fruiting: August to April
Distribution: Southern Western Ghats

Description: large climbers with leaves of 19 x 12 cm long and broadly ovate, apex acuminate, base shallowly cordate, subcoriaceous and basally 3-nerved. The petiole is of 7 cm, receptacle cauliflorus and white spotted and globose across and the peduncles up to 1 cm long.

Significance: Fruit, root and leaves have been used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments such as colic indigestion, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throats, coughs, bronchial problems, cardiovascular disorders, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic remedy.