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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

FICUS

 

The Fig

 

   

If you would like to submit a request for plant material, please visit our Products & Services page. *Due to great demand for dormant cuttings and their higher rooting success rate, we will no longer have routine distribution of summer fig cuttings.


The Moraceae family has about 1,000 species which differ greatly from one another. Their commonality is that their stems and leaves are full of milky sap. Ficus, or the fig, is a false fruit. The pear-shaped fruit is a receptacle that has grown around the real fruits. The fig is actually a round fleshy mass, with an opening at the end filled with fruits. On the walls of this round mass grow hundreds of small flowerets that later change into the fruits. It is thought to have originated in Asia, but is now grown in many of the tropical to sub-tropical regions of the World.

 

Click the link to be directed to GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) to view crop information on the Fig collection. To view a list of the Ficus accessions, browse through the list of holdings at the Davis Repository on the GRIN website.


Questions about our fig collection can be directed to Howard Garrison

 

Links to non-federal fig related sites:

 

California Figs

California Rare Fruit Growers

Tripplebrook Farm

 


 

Some information for this page was obtained from: The Complete Book of Fruits. D. Pijpers, J.G. Constant, and K. Jansen. Gallery Books, New York. 1985.

 

Crop Pages

Actinidia (kiwifruit)   Diospyros (persimmon)   Ficus (fig)    Juglans (walnut)   Olea (olives)   Morus (mulberry)   Pistacia (pistachio)   Prunus (peach, plum, apricot, cherry, almond, and related species)   Punica (pomegranate)   Vitis (grape) 

 

GRIN Accession Query

 

 


Last Modified: 10/17/2012
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