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Evergreen White Fig

Ficus virens

Description:

This fig is a widespread species which are usually found at the coast and common on islands. It is a strangler in which grows as an hemiepiphyte on a host tree and slowly envelops it, thus "strangling" it. Fruits are small and have short peduncle. Fruit ripens green - white - pink - purple. Leaves stay green, even when dried, giving it the latin name "virens" which means green. In Thailand, the leaves are prepared as a delicacy. The common name for this species is "white fig" which is very confusing as the latin name means "green fig". So to solve this issue, I am calling it the "Evergreen White Fig" instead to include both Latin and English name.

Habitat:

Growing as epiphyte on a unidentified host tree, on an island hill.

Notes:

My team (1StopBorneo Wildlife) is trying to document all the figs on Borneo as figs are really important in the ecosystem. The more you know about the value of wild figs, the more you understand how to save wildlife better.

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2 Comments

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a year ago

Indeed it is a weird name but this name is more accurate than the more used common name "white fig" which is confusing.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a year ago

What a strange name...something that is EVER-green is also white! Love it.

ChunXingWong
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ChunXingWong

Malaysia

Spotted on Sep 27, 2020
Submitted on Nov 22, 2020

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