Ficus obpyramidata (PROSEA)

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Ficus obpyramidata King

Family: Moraceae

Vernacular names

  • Common river fig (En)
  • Malaysia: ara lempong, kelempong
  • Thailand: pho (Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat).


Burma, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia.


Figs are edible; they have a slightly nutty taste and are very gummy.


  • A small tree, 5-6 m tall.
  • Leaves obovate, 7-35 cm × 4-18 cm.
  • Fruit a fig, obpyramidal, 2.5-5 cm in diameter, the mouth sunk in the lower end, yellow to brownish-ochre when ripe, growing on leafless branches from trunk.

Common on stream banks and along rice fields, up to 1300 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 pp.
  • Corner, E.J.H., 1965. Check-list of Ficus in Asia and Australasia with keys to identification. The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 21: 1-186.
  • Corner, E.J.H., 1988. Wayside trees of Malaya. 3rd ed. 2 Volumes. The Malaysian Nature Society. United Selangor Press, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 774 pp.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen