Carl Sigismund Knuth, 1817
Sonora - Oaxaca; Mexico
Lava Fig, Mary's Tree
Until Felger & Lowe got in, it was
Ficus petiolaris Kunth, 1817
(green veins) and
F. palmeri S. Watson, 1889 (red
Ficus brandegeei, Standl.
Ficus jaliscana, S.Watson.
Ficus palmeri, S.Watson.
Ficus petiolaris subsp. brandegeei, Felger.
Ficus petiolaris subsp. jaliscana, Carvajal
Ficus petiolaris subsp. palmeri, Felger
Urostigma petiolare, Miq.
This member of the Moraceae
family was given this name
by Carl Sigismund Knuth in 1817. It's from Mexico, and prefer
well-drained soil with lots of water and sun. It will grow up to ten or
even 30 meters tall with a four meter base, and can be reproduced both by cutting and seeds.
If Ficus palmeri
is a species it selves, or it is just a subspecies, it still have
red veins. If it is a subspecies as Richard Stephen Felger suggested
in 1970, the red veined are Ficus petiolaris subsp.
The genera name originates
from the old Latin name for Ficus carica which was from the
Persian word fica. The species name
from its petioles.