Red and green fruits from Ficus glomerata

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raghu ananth

Feb 8, 2008, 2:10:32 PM2/8/08
Ficus glomerata
Family Moraceae
Local Name: att`ee
At my place this tree has started fruiting and as you see some of them have turned red!
Nice to see this time being frequented by starling's, grey horn bill's and two tawny-eagles !
Balur. KRNagar, Mysore -dist.
03 Feb 2008

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J.M. Garg

Feb 8, 2008, 9:46:09 PM2/8/08
to raghu ananth,
Lovely picture, Raghu.
Ficus is a genus of about 800 species of woody trees, shrubs, vines, epiphytes, and hemi-epiphytes in the family Moraceae. Collectively known as figs, they are native throughout the tropics with a few species extending into the warm temperate zone.
Among the more famous species are the Sacred Fig tree (Peepul, Bodhi, Bo, or Po, Ficus religiosa) and the Banyan Fig (Ficus benghalensis).
Although identifying many of the species can be difficult, figs as a group are relatively easy to recognize. Often the presence of aerial roots or the general Gestalt of the plant will give them away. Their fruit are also distinct. The fig fruit is in fact an enclosed inflorescence, sometimes referred to as a syconium, an urn-like structure lined on the inside with the fig's tiny flowers. The unique fig pollination system, involving tiny, highly specific wasps, know as fig wasps that enter these closed inflorescences to both pollinate and lay their own eggs, has been a constant source of inspiration and wonder to biologists. Finally, there are three vegetative traits that together are unique to figs. All figs possess a white to yellowish sap (latex), some in copious quantities; the twig has paired stipules or a circular stipule scar if the stipules have fallen off; and the lateral veins at the base of the leaf are steep, that is they form a tighter angle with the midrib than the other lateral veins, a feature referred to as a "tri-veined".
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