| Creeping fig, Ficus pumila (F. repens).|
Palmetto Bay, Florida USA
--- On Sun, 1/4/09, sibdas ghosh <sibda...@gmail.com> wrote:
Ficus pumila (creeping fig or "climbing fig") is a woody evergreen vine that is native to East Asia. As the common names would suggest, it has a creeping habit and is often used as a houseplant. It is hardy and fast growing and requires little in the way of care as long as the soil is not allowed to dry out between waterings. There are several cultivars, including a variegated and crinkled leaf form.
In warmer climates it can be grown outdoors, but it can become invasive and cover landscape features if not contained. It should not be allowed to climb houses or wooden structures, as the woody tendrils can damage buildings.
This plant requires the fig wasp Blastophaga pamila for pollination.Other good links: http://www.floridata.com/ref/F/ficu_pum.cfm (details with a few pictures), http://www.hear.org/starr/plants/images/species/?q=ficus+pumila (lots of pictures including of fruit).