Common Name: White fig. Tamil Name: Kurugatti.
White fig is a tree which grows to over 20 meters in height and a native of the Indian-subcontinent. It is a straggler fig (with milky latex): initially grows on other plants before firmly rooting itself. White fig is a very attractive deciduous tree- young leaves are reddish in color and the fruits initially are whitish in color. It is often planted in large gardens. The simple leaves are arranged in an alternate manner; the leaf margin is entire; glossy green in color and glabrous. The leaf veins are whitish in color. The leaf stalk and leaf measure around 5.5 cm and 12 cm respectively. The leaves are ovate-elliptic in shape, with a cuneate base and an acuminate apex. The figs are produced on drooping down branches, they are initially white in color, later turn pink and subsequently turn dark when mature. The figs are stalked and they measure around 3 mm. Generally around 2 figs are seen on each axis. They measure around 1.2 cm in length. The fig is edible and can be consumed directly. White fig has several applications in Ayurvedic system of medicine. White fig is one of the larval host plant for Common crow butterfly.