Clown Fig, (Ficus aspera)

A Modestly Tall Tree
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A compact tree that grows to no more than 12 feet (4 meters) in height. Here it was found at one end of the Botanical Building.


Clown Fig Tree (Ficus aspera)   •  Native to Moraceae, South Pacific Island   •  Botanical Building, Balboa Park, San Diego   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 26 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:12:33 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9484
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Smooth Trunk
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The trunk of this tree resembles the foot of an elephant.


Clown Fig Tree (Ficus aspera)   •  Native to Moraceae, South Pacific Island   •  Botanical Building, Balboa Park, San Diego   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 26 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:12:57 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9485
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Branch
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Moss from a nearby exhibit hung near the branch of this tree.


Clown Fig Tree (Ficus aspera)   •  Native to Moraceae, South Pacific Island   •  Botanical Building, Balboa Park, San Diego   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 26 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:13:17 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9488
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Variegated Leaves
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One feature of this tree is the multiple patterns found on its leaves.


Clown Fig Tree (Ficus aspera)   •  Native to Moraceae, South Pacific Island   •  Botanical Building, Balboa Park, San Diego   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 26 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:13:26 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9489
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The Fruit
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The fruit is small and round and is not safe for human consumption.


Clown Fig Tree (Ficus aspera)   •  Native to Moraceae, South Pacific Island   •  Botanical Building, Balboa Park, San Diego   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 26 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:13:32 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9490
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Dense Leaves
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The tree had dense leaves that grew in a myriad of directions.


Clown Fig Tree (Ficus aspera)   •  Native to Moraceae, South Pacific Island   •  Botanical Building, Balboa Park, San Diego   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 26 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:13:54 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9492
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Close Up Of Leaves
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This close up shows the variety of leaf patterns.


Clown Fig Tree (Ficus aspera)   •  Native to Moraceae, South Pacific Island   •  Botanical Building, Balboa Park, San Diego   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 26 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:14:23 Tuesday 12 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9495
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