Short-leaf fig


Short-leaf fig is native to southern Florida, Mexico, Central America, the Antilles, and South America. It reaches a height of 60 feet, with a trunk 2.5 feet in diameter which may be supplemented by aerial roots. The leaves are up to 8 inches long and have a long petiole. Leaves and branches produce white latex when cut. The flowers are minute and develop within figs up to three-eights of an inch long that grow at the bases of the leaves. It flowers irregularly throughout the year. Until the middle of the past century its wood was one of the favorites for the construction of the cuatro and tiple (local string instruments). The generic name derives from an old name for Ficus carica, the species that produces the commercial fig. The species name apparently refers to the similarity of its leaves with those of certain citrus species.

The photographed tree is west of Building B. There’s another specimen east of the Band and Orchestra Department.

Ficus citrifolia (Moraceae)