Indian laurel fig


India laurel fig, or Chinese banyan, is native to China, Japan, from India to New Guinea, northern Australia, and some Pacific Islands. It is cultivated for shade, ornament, and to make bonsai. It reaches a height of 65 feet, with a trunk 3.5 or more feet in diameter which may be supplemented by aerial roots. The leaves are up to 3 inches long, with a rounded apex and two lateral veins that originate near the base of the leaf. Leaves and branches produce white latex when cut. The flowers are minute and develop within figs up to three-eights of an inch long that grow at the bases of the leaves. It flowers irregularly throughout the year. The generic name derives from an old name for Ficus carica, the species that produces the commercial fig. The species name means small fruit.

The photographed tree is north of the Piñero Building. There are small trees behind the Celis Building (near the stairway leading to the Chardon Building) and near the walkway north of the Art Museum and Academic Senate Building.

Ficus microcarpa (Moraceae)