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Short-Leafed Fig

Short Leafed Fig

Ficus citrifolia

An evergreen tree with smooth gray bark and milky white sap. The leaves are alternate, entire, leathery, smooth, and dark green. The fruit turns from yellow to dark red on long stalks.

Wildlife – It is the larval host of the ruddy daggerwing (Marpesia petreus) butterfly. Many birds and animals feed on the figs.

The Seminoles ate the fruits and used its adventitious roots as cords. The latex is chewed throughout the range of figs and used, at least by children, as a birdlime to catch birds.