Ficus Pseudopalma. This plant got its name because of its bizarre shape, very similar in appearance to a palm tree: a long bare trunk and a bunch of leaves on top. In nature, the tree grows to 9 m high. Leaves are also quite large – up to 1 meter long and 15 cm wide. The structure is rigid, leathery, with jagged edges, green, with yellowish veins. Fruits have an egg-shaped, green-brown with white specks, grow to 2.5 cm in diameter. The syconias are edible, but they are not tasty.
Such an unusual plant from the Philippines, in fact, that’s why it is also called Philippine fig. Ficus Pseudopalma is very common as a wild plant on the island of Luzon, and in other countries it is grown as an ornamental plant. At home, young shoots of this ficus can be used in food as vegetables, and leaves are very popular in traditional medicine for the region. This is how a leaf is used to make medicine for kidney stones. Among other things, Ficus Pseudopalma is also grown for commercial purposes, and the resulting raw materials are sent abroad.
In Hawaii, this plant is mostly used for landscape design.