05-03-11-bwb-tree

While I mainly draw large things, like buildings and landscapes, every once in a while I am attracted by small things. For the last month this tree beside my house has been sprouting very small figs directly from its trunk and limbs. I hadn’t noticed the tree until it began dropping the fruit all over the path I walk everyday. I need help identifying this tree though. I think it’s a Chinese Banyan (Ficus Microcarpa) but I can’t confirm this. If it is, this is a very interesting tree that has a symbiotic relationship with the Tree Wasp. This wasp lays its eggs in the fig. When the eggs hatch and mature, they break out of the fig covered in pollen. The wasp then flies around the tree re-pollinating it for the next season. Good reason not to walk barefoot and step on these figs. Overall, a very interesting tree to look at whether or not I identified it correctly.

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Figs – drawing
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2 thoughts on “Figs – drawing

  • May 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm
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    I’ve seen this kind of tree when out hiking. Thanks for telling me more about them! 🙂

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    • May 10, 2011 at 9:24 am
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      Hi YTSL. It took some effort to find out about this tree and still not sure I’m correct. But a friend told me that the Gov. publication office near the Peak Tram has inexpensive resource books specific to HK much like the Audubon books. I’ll let you know what I find.

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