Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2592

Shrub
Perennial
Monoecious
Has translucent to milky-white latex (milky sap not always evident in winter)

Non-native: west Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it . Grown for its fruits, it's persistent from plantings - persisting and naturalizing particularly on barrier islands, where it sometimes forms thickets on dunes, or otherwise in the outer Coastal Plain, where proximity to the ocean ameliorates cold temperatures, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
2-6 sepals
1-2 stamens in staminate flowers

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Multiple of nutlets

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ficus carica   FAMILY Moraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ficus carica   FAMILY Moraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 057-04-001:
Ficus carica   FAMILY Moraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Edible Fig, Garden Fig


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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_ficus_carica_7532

June    Catawba County    NC

The fleshy receptacle is the fig of commerce, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_ficus_carica_7543

June    Catawba County    NC

Leaves palmately 3-5 lobed, rough above, coarsely pubescent beneath, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

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JK Marlow    jkm160727_014

July    Haywood County    NC

In cultivation

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JK Marlow    jkm160727_015

August    Haywood County    NC

In cultivation