literally meaning "The Garden of Heaven"

Ficus religiosa Linn.

Vernacular Name: Aswatha, Usta (O); Asvatha, Ashathwa (Beng.); Pipal (H); Peepal (E).

Large tree, epiphytic when young. Bark grey, smooth, irregularly pitted when old. Leaves more or less pendulous, broadly ovate, margin often repand, very Iong- caudate, coriaceous, dark green and shining above. Figs axillary, geminate, sessile, depressed-globose, smooth, glabrous, dark purple when ripe.
Commonly planted and also wild; young plants are epiphytic on other trees, walls and buildings.
Flowering : June - October
& Fruiting