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Ethnobotany and diversity of figs

Sat, 02 Mar 2024 - Sun, 01 Sep 2024
09:00AM - 06:00PM
Centre For Ethnobotany, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Nature enthusiasts
Nature enthusiasts

Venue: Level 2, Centre for Ethnobotany (Ethnobotany Garden)

Nearest Entrance: Bukit Timah Gate (Botanic Gardens MRT)

Date: 2 Mar 2024 to 1 Sep 2024

Time: 9am – 6pm

Closed every last Wednesday of the Month

Admission is free


There are over 850 species of figs (genus Ficus) in the world, representing a wide variety of growth forms including freestanding trees, strangling epiphytes, climbing vines and shrubs. Figs have great ecological and cultural importance. Some well-known members include the Common Fig (Ficus carica), known for its edible fruits and cultural importance in Europe and the Middle East; the ancient Egyptian Tree of Life (Ficus sycomorus); the Bodhi Tree (Ficus religiosa) sacred to Buddhists and Hindus; and the Indian Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis), an individual of which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest canopy on a living tree (occupying roughly four soccer fields)! Figs are also valuable as urban trees, ornamentals and houseplants.


This exhibition showcases the diversity and ethnobotany of figs, with a particular focus on the species native to Singapore and Southeast Asia. Many fig species can be observed in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, such as in the Rain Forest, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Eco-Garden and at various other locations.


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