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A New Classification of Ficus
William Ramírez B.
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Vol. 64, No. 2 (1977), pp. 296-310
Published by: Missouri Botanical Garden Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2395337
Page Count: 15
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The taxa of Ficus are classified on the basis of the specificity and morphology of their symbiotic wasps (Agaonidae), systems of pollination, and morphology and physiology of the figs. The new classification is a modification of Corner's system with the following changes. In subgenus Ficus, subsection Eriosycea is elevated to sectional rank. Series Rivulares and Pseudopalmae do not belong to the group of Blastophaga-pollinated figs and are transferred to the new Cerotosolen-pollinated complex of subgenus Sycomorus. Two subsections, Scabrae and Varinga, are recognized in section Sycidium, and series Phaeopilosae and subsection Paleomorphe are recognized as sections. The subgenus Sycomorus is much expanded to include eight sections: Adenosperma, Neomorphe, Prostratae, Pungentes, Pseudopalmae, Rivulares, Sycocarpus, and Sycomorus.
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden © 1977 Missouri Botanical Garden Press