Question - Ficus Benj. bears fruit??
fictitious at alias.incognito.myob
Mon Jul 1 04:44:26 EST 1996
In article <4r7ijg$shi at flood.xnet.com> jjy at xnet.com (James Yorton) writes:
>I have a Ficus Benj. that appears to be bearing some type of
>little berries. They're green and appear in pairs. They're maybe
>one-eighth to one-quarter inch in diameter. I've noticed about 3
>or 4 spots on the tree where this is occuring.
>It's about 3 feet tall and I've had it for 3 years. It's quite
>What are these little berries? I never saw any flowers. Anyone
Figs are actually hollow inflorescences with many tiny flowers on the inside.
[think of a compositae-type disk turned into a hollow flask with only a small
Yours won't ripen or produce seed without pollination [each of the
hundreds of fig species has a symbiotic fig wasp that breeds in the figs and
effects pollination; it is one of the most remarkable symbioses in nature].
Most varieties of home garden edible fig tree are parthenocarpic, ripening
without pollination & without any viable seeds.
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