- The Pi-pal (Peepal) tree, also known as the Sacred Fig or Bo-Tree, is a species of banyan fig, native to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South west China and Indochina.
Away from its native habitat, in Florida and California, it is grown as a host tree. With its broad long leaves perfect for shading the Lac insect, the source of the important resin, Shellac.
- A fleshy stone-fruit, the common mango or Indian Mango, was first cultivated in south-east Asia. However, it is now grown in many tropical and subtropical regions, with its fruit distributed internationally.
- The banana plant, often mistaken for a tree, is the largest herbaceous flowering plant in the world.
Bananas constitute a major food staple for millions of people in the developing world. Unfortunately, most banana farmers receive a low price for their produce, as import and distribution companies seek to pay discounted prices for buying in large quantities.
- The Neem tree, Azadirachta indica, is part of the Meliaceae famliy. Fast-growing, it can reach a height of 15-20 meters, but some examples have been found to grow up to 40 meters.
Properties taken from the Neem can be found in spermicide, acne treatments, pesticides, as well as sedatives and antibacterial products.