March 19, 2000
Photographs by Robin Rawson
- Field Marks: "Leaves are
alternate, simple, entire, thick, leathery, dark shiny green.
Flowers are small and inconspicuous at the leaf axils. The fruit
is without stalks, globular, and fleshy. It is distinguished from
the short leaf fig by stalkless fruits. It is frequently covered
with sooty mold."
- Size: "Potentially large evergreen tree to about 20 m in height."
- General Habitat: "Hammocks in Southern Florida,
rather conspicuous in the wild. Any soil is suitable. Its
light requirements are the shifting shade of the hammocks."
- Range: "Lower third of Florida including
the Keys from about DeSoto and Highland counties southward in the central
peninsula and Brevard and Pinellas counties southward along the coasts."
- Notes: "Often begins life as an epiphyte
on other trees and sending down long roots that frequently become lattice
like on the trunk of its host, but eventually forming a single, twisted
trunk that is actually a network of aerial roots. "
Observed at Eco Pond, Hardwood Hammocks and
Nelson, Gil. The Trees of Florida: A Reference and Field Guide. Saratosa, Florida: Pineapple Press, Inc., 1994.
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