Balete – Scientific name: Ficus stipulosa Miq. Linn.

Tagalog: Balete

Glabrous spreading tree, up to 8 meters high, with numerous adventitious roots from the trunk and branches. Leaves are smooth, leathery and shiny, slenderly acuminate and entire. The stipules are red, as long as the leaves.


  • Skin eruptions and dermatitis: Boil one cup of chopped bark in 1/2 gallon of water for 10 mins; use decoction to wash involved areas, twice daily.
  • Decoction of aerial rootlets used for wounds, cuts and sores.
  • Bark is astringent and used as styptics for wounds.
  • Decoction of latex for parasitic worms.

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