Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
Terrestrial. waste places, scrubland.
Deciduous, dioecious shrub or small tree up to 10 m high. Young stems +/- glabrous to moderately hairy, becoming glabrous. Leaves sparsely to moderately hairy above, often densely hipsid below, usually deeply palmately 3-7 lobed and irregularly serrate or crenate, broadly ovate, obtuse to cordate and symmetric at base, c. 10-25 cm long; veins usually not prominently raised; petiole < blade; stipules 2 per node, glabrous, oblong, caducous. Inflorescence sparsely hairy, pyriform, green, shortly pedunculate. Syncarp green to purplish, 5-8 cm long; achenes irregularly ovoid to subglobose, c. 2mm long. (Webb et al 1988).
December, January, February
S. Europe, W. Asia
ficus: The Latin name for fig tree, possibly derived from the Hebrew word fag
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Spreads vegetatively, doesn’t set seed.
F. carica is cultivated for its edible fruits, spread is largely by humans.