Ficus Mauritiana: General Information

The Ficus Mauritiana, also known as the Mauritius Fig, is a fig species that is native to the island of Mauritius. It belongs to the Moraceae family and is closely related to the Ficus Benghalensis or Indian Fig. The Ficus Mauritiana is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 60 feet tall. It has broad, dark green leaves that are oval in shape and measure 6-8 inches long. The fruit of this plant is edible and tastes similar to a fig.

Plant Specifics

Origins: The Ficus Mauritiana is originally from the island of Mauritius, off the coast of Africa

Botanical References:  The Ficus Mauritiana is also known by its scientific name, Ficus macrophylla.

Range: The natural range of the Ficus Mauritiana extends from Mauritius and Réunion in the Indian Ocean to southern China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Sulawesi and the Moluccas

Habitat: It grows in tropical lowland rainforests, often near the coast.

Height: The tree can grow up to 30 meters (100 ft) tall

Leaves: The leaves are large and leathery, growing up to 30 cm (12 in) long and 18 cm (seven inches) wide. They are dark green and glossy on the upper surface, and paler beneath.

Fruit: The fruit is a fleshy drupe, ranging in size from two to four centimeters (0.79 to one inch) wide. It is reddish-purple when ripe, and contains a single seed.

Edible Uses: The fruit of the Ficus Mauritiana is edible and can be eaten fresh or used in jams and jellies.