Common Name Peepal
Botanical Name Ficus religiosa
Local Name
Native/Non Native Native
Origin India
Location at Holy Family Church Next to Koinonia

(These photographs are authentic captures from the Holy Family Church campus, portraying the scenic splendour of the place.)

Peepal is also called 'The scared fig tree'. This graceful deciduous tree bears a large canopy and can grow to a large size. Peepal is also called 'The scared fig tree'.

Its leaves are heart-shaped with long pointed tips and long stalks. The leaves shimmer in the sun and dance in the slightest breeze. The Peepal tree looks gorgeous when its new pink leaves begin to appear. The leaves then change to copper and finally to green.

Its stalkless figs which turn from green to purple, draw many frugivorous birds. The seeds are dispersed by birds, most commonly known to have been dispersed by the migratory Rosy Starlings.

Like the banyan, it behaves like a strangler, even though it doesn not often sport aerial roots. It has the ability to regenerate and grow new shoots even after being damaged or cut down.

The Peepal tree can last for several hundred years. No other tree is claimed to have such long life - one in Sri Lanka, said to have been planted in the year 288 B.C., still lives and flourishes.

The Peepal tree has been revered since the time of the Indus Valley Civilization. Further, Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment while meditating under the tree.

IMPORTANT: The information on this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference books. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Readers should always consult their physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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