Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Ficus carica - Common Fig
Ficus carica: Ficus
, Latin name for this species, the edible fig;
refers to Caria, an area in Asia Minor (in what is now Turkey), where many figs were cultivated in ancient times.
Trees are often multi-trunked, but can be pruned to standard.
Palmately lobed leaves.
Flowers form inside fruit, and are pollinated by a burrowing wasp.
Fruit forms on old and new wood, producing two crops a year in summer and fall.
Fruit is the edible fig of commerce.
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