Beringin Putih/White Banyan (Ficus benjamina L)

Beringin putih/ White Banyan (Ficus benjamina L)

Figure 1: Cross-section of the Banyan Leaf ( Ficus benjamina)

1. Name of Plant

Vernacular: ringin (Jawa)

2. Classification of Plants

Division: Spermatophyta
Subdivision : Angiospermae
Class: Dicotyledoneae
Order : Urticales
Family : Moraceae
Genus : Ficus
Species : Ficusbenjamina L.

3. Morphology of Plants

A large tree, 20-25 m high, rooted riding. Straight stems, rounded, rough surface, blackish brown, branching simpodial, on the rod out hanging roots (aerial roots). Single leaf, short-stemmed, location cross face, oval shaped, edge of the flat, sharp edge, base obtuse, 3-6 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, bone pinnate, green. Single flower, out of the armpit leaves, petals form a funnel, rounded crown, smooth, greenish yellow. Buni fruit, round, long, 0,5-1 cm, green when young, red when old. Seeds round, hard, white.

4. Chemical Content and Efficacy
Aerial roots contain amino acids, phenol, sugar. Diseases that can be treated: colds, high fever, tonsillitis, arthritic joint pain, injuries hit (bruise), influenza, inflammation of the airways (bronchitis), whooping cough (pertussis), malaria, acute intestinal inflammation (acute enteritis), dysentery, and hot seizures in children.

5. Anticancer Research
Based on empirical data, banyan able to treat or prevent cancer. White banyan has the same content that are saponins, flavonoids and alkaloids capable of inhibiting cancer cell growth rate (chemopreventive agent).



Last update: 7 November 2010