Ficus carica. FIG. Mediterranean
MORACEAE (Mulberry family)

The biblical sycamore was a fig, F. sycomorus. The sycamores that were gleaming in the candlelight were plane trees Platanus occidentalis, while in Britain the name sycamore denotes the maple A. pseudoplatanus. For examples of Ficus carica in residential gardens visit Campus Drive East at Gerona and 926 Cottrell Way. Occasional escapes from backyards are encountered. There is one in the courtyard north of Memorial Hall, one in the easternmost of the Encina Commons courtyards, and another at the top of Frenchman's dam on the creek that runs down Stanford Avenue.

Illustrations (links open new windows): Silhouettes from Trees of Stanford & its Environs


Name derivation, genus | species Latin for fig tree | a kind of dried fig; a reference to Caria, Asia Minor

Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

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