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Toxic parts

The sap and the half-ripe fruits are said to be poisonous.

Edible uses


Fruit - raw. Sweet and succulent[1]. A very tasty fruit[2], it is often dried for later use. The fruit is about 2.5cm in diameter and annual yields from wild trees is about 25kg[2]. The fruit contains about 6% sugars, 1.7% protein, 0.9% ash and 0.2% pectin[2]. Low in vitamin C, about 3.3mg per 100g[2]. The unripe fruits and young growth are cooked and eaten as a vegetable[3]. They are boiled, the water is removed by squeezing and they are then fried. a nice green vegetable[2]. Some caution is advised, see notes above on toxicity.


Material uses

The pliable wood is of little value but has been used for making hoops, garlands, ornaments etc.
There are no material uses listed for Ficus palmata.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The fruit is demulcent, emollient, laxative and poultice[2][4]. It is used as a part of the diet in the treatment of constipation and diseases of the lungs and bladder[4].

The sap is used in the treatment of warts.

The latex of the plant is used to take out spines lodged deeply in the flesh[3].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle and overwinter the young plants in a greenhouse for at least their first year. Plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts and give some protection for their first winter outdoors.

Cuttings of mature wood 10 - 12cm with a heel, winter in a frame. Fairly easy, but the cuttings must be kept frost free. It is probably best if the cuttings are put in individual pots[5].


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Requires a well-drained medium to light loam and some lime rubble incorporated into the soil. A heavy wet soil tends to encourage excessive plant growth at the expense of fruit.

Not very hardy in Britain it is best on a south or south-west facing wall in order to provide winter protection and more heat in the summer for ripening the fruit. It would probably succeed in a sheltered position in the open in the milder areas of Britain. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. This species is closely related to the common fig, Ficus carica, and is not perhaps specifically distinct. It has been recommended for growing in areas where the climate is too wet for common figs since it fruits during the monsoon season in the Himalayas. However, it probably requires the fig-wasp in order to pollinate the flowers and so is unlikely to fruit in areas such as Britain that are too cold for the fig-wasp to survive.

The fruits are often sold in local markets in the Himalayas[2]. There is a potential for commercial cultivation[2].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Ficus palmata
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
9 x meters
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? 1.01.1 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
  2. ? Parmar. C. and Kaushal. M.K. Wild Fruits of the Sub-Himalayan Region. Kalyani Publishers. New Delhi. (1982-00-00)
  3. ? Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-527-6 (2002-00-00)
  4. ? Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
  5. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)

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