A collected (yes, collected) Ficus microcarpa from SW Florida

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

Well, for the life of me, I can’t find the first chop back photos for this tree, from several months ago……wait, let me check one more time….

Here we go, from May 2, 2021. It is a Ficus microcarpa that volunteered in one of my students yard down in SW Florida, so she dug it up.

Now, first, some botany on ficus (why doesn’t Mr. Miyagi have any ficus bonsai? He’s never “botany”….sorry) anyway, the “flowers” (or “inflorescence” as it is a flowering body) are a special structure called a syconium (for the latin language curious, the plural form is syconia, though it sounds, to my ear, that it should be the other way around). Think of syconia as outside-in flowers, with all the reproductive bits inside the structure that will eventually become the fruit, or fig (a fig is a ficus, a ficus is a fig)

A very immature…

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