Family • Moraceae - Ficus stipulosa Miq.
|Ficus stipulosa Miq.|
|Ficus infectoria Merr.|
|Ficus caulobotrya Vidal|
|Ficus caulocarpa F.-Vill.|
|Ficus infectoria Roxb. var caulocarpa King|
|Urostigma stipulosa Miq.|
|Urostigma caulocarpum Miq.|
|Balete (Tag., Ibn., Bon., P. Bis.)|
|Nonok (P. Bis.)|
Botgo is a deciduous tree, starting as an epiphyte, later growing to 10 meters high. Leaves are smooth, entire and shining, oblong, 12 to 20 cm long, with tapering pointed tip and usually rounded base, with the petioles 5 to 7 cm long. Stipules are membraneous, pink, oblong, about 8 cm long. Receptacles are solitary, in pairs, or in fascicles in the axils of the leaves and in the axils of the fallen leaves on the ultimate branchlets, short-pedicelled, nearly spherical, about 5 mm in diameter, often in great abundance, 3-bracteate at the base.
Endemic species, common in thickets and forests at low and medium altitudes throughout the Philippines.
– Fresh roots used as poultice on wounds.
– In Ayurveda, decoction of root barks of four Ficus species – F. religiosa, F. benghalensis, F. glomerulata, and F. infectoria – called Pancha valkala kashaya isused as a gargle in salivation, as wash for ulcers and as an injection for leucorrhea.