Ficus Religiosa

Fam. Moraceae

located on the crags

The Ficus religiosa or fig of the pagodas or sacred fig (in Sinhalese bo, in Sanskrit pipal or aśvattha - masculine noun), is a species of banyan native to India and southwestern China and the part of Indochina east of Vietnam. It is a semi-evergreen tree, whose deciduous leaves fall in the dry season, up to 30 m tall, with a stem diameter of up to 3 m.
The leaves are cordate (ie heart-shaped) with a particularly elongated tip; they are 10–17 cm (3.93-6.69") long and 8–12 cm (3.14-4.72") broad, with a 6–10 cm (2.36-3.93") petiole. The fruit is a small fig 1-1.5 cm (0.39-0.59") in diameter, green that ripens to purple.

Over the past ten thousand years, mankind has domesticated "useful" animals and plants to the same extent that these species have "exploited" the tastes and needs of men in order to multiply.

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