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Ficus microcarpa var. crassifolia ‘Green Island’

 

Green Island Fig

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyMoraceaeMulberry/fig family
GenusFicusA Latin name for the fig
SpeciesmicrocarpaSmall-fruited
var.crassifoliaThick-leaved
Cultivar‘Green Island’

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This species is native from Ceylon to India, southern China, Ryukyu Islands, Australia, and New Caledonia. It is not native to the United States, but it has gained a vigorous foothold in the southern US. It is rugged and does well as bonsai.

Identification: There is a great deal of confusion over several closely related Ficus species. This rather spirited article attempts to sort out several commonly confused species. This ficus is epiphitic, often serving as a host for other plants. Mature trees can reach 60' (18 m) in height, dangling many aerial roots. Leaves are obovate, with blunt but clearly discernible tip. This distinguishes them from the variety Ficus microcarpa, which has orbicular leaves. The fruits are figs, about ½" (1.3 cm) around, green, maturing to black.

Edibility: Technically fruits are edible, but not appealing.

Online References:

Ficus microcarpa var. crassifolia ‘Green Island’ on www.horticulturist.com

Ficus microcarpa var. crassifolia ‘Green Island’ on www.ficusplant.org

Ficus microcarpa var. crassifolia ‘Green Island’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Dec 2016.

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Ficus microcarpa (Green Island Fig)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 20 × 30" (50 × 75 cm)

Range: Zones 9-11:

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