Saturday, 28 February 2015

Ficus carica

Ficus carica Common fig


The fig is one of the earliest plants cultivated by man. It was native to the Middle East and West Asia, but is now naturalised over much of the temperate world.It is pollinated inside the fig by the fig wasp, Biastophaga psenes. The female burrows inside to pollinate the flower (which is inside the fig) and is released by the male wasp. In Spain there are usually two crops of figs, in July and then again smaller figs in September. In the UK it fruits every two years. The figs turn blue/purple when ripe. It is deciduous and grows from 2m to above 8 metres tall.

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