Storey, William B. Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, California.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Flowers and fruit
- Tree forms
- Harvesting and utilization
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A species of deciduous tree, Ficus carica, of the mulberry family (Moraceae). The fig tree is of southwest Asian origin and is now cultivated in the subtropical regions of the world for its edible fruit, especially in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States. Leaves of the fig tree are characteristically palmate, with 3–7 lobes. A milky latex that contains ficin, a protein-digesting enzyme, is produced. See also: Enzyme; Fruit, tree; Rosales
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