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Common Fig

Ficus carica

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Moraceae (Mulberry)
Type:
Flower

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Small and green, later turning into figs. Mainly pollinated by wasps.
Fruit:
Showy pear-shaped fruit, borne solitary, green to brown. The fruit develops within each receptacle and ripens in late summer.
Leaves:
Deciduous. Large broadly ovate alternate leaves, palmate 3 to 7-lobed with toothed margins. The upper leaf surface is dark green and has a texture similar to sandpaper. The lower leaf surface is pale green and smooth. The leaves are arranged spirally along the stems on stalks of up to 5cm.
Maximum Size:
4 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
Fruit is edible. Sweet-tasting with a sticky texture. High in fibre, iron and magnesium.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Adriatic Fig, Edible Fig, Smyrna Fig.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual
Habitats:
Walls, wasteland.