Monday, July 27, 2015

Krishna Fig

Other names:
                    Krishna's butter cup

                    Makhan kattori

Malayalam Name: Krishnanal

Botanical name: Ficus bengalnesis var. Krishnae

Synonym:  Ficus Krishnae

Family : Moraceae.

Fast growing, evergreentree.

Leaves stalked, ovate heart- shaped.

The unique feature of the tree is that the leaves have a pocket- like fold at the base.

                     It is believed that Lord Krishna used the leaves of this tree as a utensil to have his stolen "Butter".

              The story goes that, Once when Lord Krishna was caught by his mother, he tried to hide his butter by rolling it up in a leaf of this tree.Since then, the leaves of these trees have retained this shape.

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