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The flower, seen from below.


Almost a meter high.

Author:  Georg August Schweinfurth, 1883
Family:  MORACEAE
Origin:  Socotra; Yeman
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  60 Centimetres
Height:  1,5 Meters
Flower:  Green
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Socotra Fig
Synonyms:  -

A member of the Moraceae from Socotra, described by Georg August Schweinfurth 1883. It grows on the rocky slopes, and it does not need a lot of water but lots of sun. As the picture shows, the flowers are green. It is possible to root cuttings. The stem can grow up to 60 cm in diameter and get one and a half meter high - or higher.

The plant is hypanthodios: A plant which is monoecious but still requires two different clones to get fertilized! Kind of a problem when all plants in cultivation seems to originate from the same clone!

Keep warm and moist at winter, as the winters on Socotra.

The genera is named after Theodor Dorsten, 16th century German botanist and medical professor at Marburg. The species name means 'giant'.


Awesome photos from the wild by Mishmish.


Awesome photos from the wild by Mishmish.