Today I have a tree that is almost one of its type in Pune..... at least as far as I know!!
We are all familiar with popular Ficus varieties like F bengalensis, F religiosa and my tree today is called Ficus natalensis of the Moraceae family. Obviously its a cousin of the Ficus mentioned earlier and is an introduced species in India. The botanical name itself reveals that the tree is native to the Natal province of South Africa.
This Ficus lives in a public park that has some really unusual trees. I am not sure who to credit with acquiring these unusual species but tree lovers in Pune have benefitted in being able to see unique trees.
Ficus natalensis has triangular leaves wherein the midvein ends in a fork. This is distinctly visible when the leaf is turned over.
Our tree seems to be multitrunked or maybe many saplings were planted close to each other.. that will remain a mystery as the base of the tree is filled with mud to create a grass mound. This gives the effect of a dancing tree!!
I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove blog hop. Do head over to see some fantastic trees from around the world. Better still, join in!