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Gujarat – Banyan

Banyan tree

Common Name: Indian Banyan

Local Name: Vata-vriksha (Hindi)

Scientific Name: Ficus benghalensis L.

Description: The banyan tree is a massive spreading evergreen tree. The branches of this tree contain numerous aerial roots, which eventually thicken and turn into secondary trunks to support the crown.

Traditional Significance: The Banyan tree is considered one of the most sacred trees and has a special place in Indian Culture.

Economic And Medicinal Importance: The leaves of the Banyan tree are used as plates, while the wood is used for making boxes, furniture, door panels, etc. The bark, leaves, and fruits of the Banyan tree have medicinal properties and are used to treat various diseases, including diarrhea, ulcers, skin diseases, dysentery, etc.

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