Ficus auriculata (Roxburgh fig) is a type of fig tree seen all over Asia noted for its big and round leaves. This is used as fodder in Nepal. It is least resistant to fire, but likes good sunlight
Roxburgh Fig is a wide spreading evergreen tree found in moist, lowland tropics. This tree that is often found growing along stream banks may have more than one trunk. Although it is classified as an evergreen, it can be deciduous during extended periods of cold temperatures. The optimum growing temperatures range from 60 to 75 degrees, however it will tolerate a range from 55 to 90 degrees. Temperatures below 30 degrees may severely damage or kill the plant.
Its name comes from the founder of Indian botany, Sir William Roxburgh. Auricle is Latin for ear, referring to the two ears at the base of heart shaped leaf.
Its fruit is edible and often harvested from the wild. The fruits form as large clusters on the trunk, on branches and on the roots. It is not uncommon to discover a tree where the base is covered with hundreds of fruits. They can be eaten raw or cooked, used in jams, juice and curries.
New growth is a deep coppery-red color that will mature to green.
The large leaves, often up to 21" long and 12" wide are used as plates.