AppearanceIt is a medium-sized tree which grows to a height of 24–27 metres In dry areas and up to 32 metres tall in wetter areas. It is a fig tree belonging to the group of trees known as strangler figs, which is because its seeds can germinate on other trees and grow to strangle and eventually kill the host tree.
It has two marked growth periods in its Indian environment: in spring , and in the time of the monsoon rains. The new leaves are a beautiful shade of reddish pink and very pleasing to the eye.
This is a very massive tree in which the size of the crown can sometimes exceed the height of the tree.
Distribution''Ficus virens'' var. ''sublanceolata'' occurs the subtropical rainforest of northeastern New South Wales, and south eastern Queensland in Australia.
FoodThe leaves are known in Thai cuisine as ''phak lueat''. They are eaten boiled as a vegetable in Northern Thai curries, referred to in the Northern dialect as ''phak hueat''.
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