A deciduous shrub previously included in Ficus talbotii for many years, is now regarded as a new species, Ficus pongumphaii. It is morphologically distinct from F. talbotii with as typical characters the densely brown pubescent to tomentose or villous on leafy twig; the elliptic, suborbicular to obovate leaf blades that are brown tomentellous on the upper surface and brown floccose tomentose to villous underneath; the pedunculate figs are obovate, brown floccose or villous outside and have internal hairs. The leaf anatomy shows a multiple epidermis on both surfaces; enlarged lithocysts on both sides of the lamina, which are more abundant adaxially and with very few abaxially. The species, endemic to Thailand, is named after the great Thai dendrologist, Associate Professor Somnuek Pongumphai.

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Chantarasuwan, B., Sungkaew, S., Pruesapan, K., Baas, P., & van Welzen, P. C. (2019). Ficus pongumphaii (Moraceae), a new species from Thailand, compared with the ambiguous species F. talbotii. Blumea: Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants, 64, 108–114. doi:10.3767/blumea.2019.64.02.02