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Useful Tropical Plants

Ficus rigo

F.M.Bailey

Moraceae

+ Synonyms

Ficus microcarpa rigo (F.M.Bailey) Corner

Ficus retusa rigo (F.M.Bailey) Diels

Common Name:

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General Information

Ficus rigo is an evergreen tree growing up to 15 metres tall. The bole is unbuttressed and the tree does not generally have many aerial roots, though in older trees the aerial roots can sometimes form subsidiary trunks[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. The tree can start life as an epiphyte in another tree[
781
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported No. 29
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry Bulletin No. 261
Author
Galloway B.T. (Author)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
USDA Government Printing Office; Washington
Year
1912
ISBN
 
Description
Details of plants and seeds imported by the US Government during the period October to December 1911, giving some information on the species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant produces an excellent quality latex which can be used to make rubber. It was at one time cultivated for this purpose[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Australasia - southeast New Guinea.

Habitat

On or near the coast[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height12.00 m
PollinatorsWasps
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Fig trees have a unique form of fertilization, each species relying on a single, highly specialized species of wasp that is itself totaly dependant upon that fig species in order to breed. The trees produce three types of flower; male, a long-styled female and a short-styled female flower, often called the gall flower. All three types of flower are contained within the structure we usually think of as the fruit.
The female fig wasp enters a fig and lays its eggs on the short styled female flowers while pollinating the long styled female flowers. Wingless male fig wasps emerge first, inseminate the emerging females and then bore exit tunnels out of the fig for the winged females. Females emerge, collect pollen from the male flowers and fly off in search of figs whose female flowers are receptive. In order to support a population of its pollinator, individuals of a Ficus spp. must flower asynchronously. A population must exceed a critical minimum size to ensure that at any time of the year at least some plants have overlap of emmission and reception of fig wasps. Without this temporal overlap the short-lived pollinator wasps will go locally extinct[
413
Title
Global Invasive Species Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Very detailed information on almost 400 species (with more being added) of plants that have become weeds in areas outside their native range.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A good quality latex is produced from the plant. It can be used to make an excellent rubber, on a par with Hevea brasiliensis[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
,
781
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported No. 29
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry Bulletin No. 261
Author
Galloway B.T. (Author)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
USDA Government Printing Office; Washington
Year
1912
ISBN
 
Description
Details of plants and seeds imported by the US Government during the period October to December 1911, giving some information on the species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings root readily[
781
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported No. 29
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry Bulletin No. 261
Author
Galloway B.T. (Author)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
USDA Government Printing Office; Washington
Year
1912
ISBN
 
Description
Details of plants and seeds imported by the US Government during the period October to December 1911, giving some information on the species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
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