Weeping Fig

Ficus benjamina

Ficus benjamina, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Planted in a garden at Eldoret, Kenya, March 2015.

Arrmored scales on Ficus benjamina, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

TREE: In its native habitats of southeastern Asia this tree can reach 30 meters. In cultivation it is typically much smaller with numerous slender drooping branches.

FLOWERS: Small greenish flowers go mostly unnoticed.

LEAVES: Elliptical leaves have smooth margins and long attenuate tips. Stems and leaves ooze milky latex when damaged/broken. Cultivars with mottled white and green leaves are popular in cultivation. The leaf above is colonized by sessile insects called Armored Scales.

RANGE: Widespread in cultivation and also used as an indoor house plant.

FRUIT: Fruit turn orange when ripe and soon attract many birds and primates to feed.

UNARMED. No thorns, but latex can be irritating.

Moraceae -- Fig Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 11 January 2016