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    Hello. I read a lot of information about fig trees and there is confusion - conflicting information on each site. Tell me, is the statement true? "Fig trees are dioecious plants. Figs are formed on one tree, and caprifigs are formed on the other tree. Pollination occurs with the help of blastophage wasps. Figs do not develop on male trees". And one more thing: can female fig plants bear fruit without male ones? Sincerely
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    Dear Kampan, Many figs are dioecious, a word that comes from "two houses". Essentially, pollen-bearing flowers are borne on one tree and ovule-bearing flowers on another (so, there are different sexes of plants, like in willows). There are some figs that are monoecious (one house), so the pollen-bearing and ovule-bearing flowers are all separate, but borne on one tree (like oaks). In other words, the individual flowers of figs are unisexual, unlike many flowers where both types of parts are present (like lillies). Different types of fig trees are either monoecious or dioecious. Capifigs are the array of pollen-bearing flowers on trees where the species are dioecious. But (an important exception) some caprifigs due produce some ovule-bearing flowers so that they can produce some fruit. For dioecious species, it is my understanding that these plants are outcrossing, so they require pollination to set fruit (though there may be some exceptions to this somewhere that I have never read about). I hope this is helpful. If you still have questions, feel free to ask. (Wednesday, 22 March 2023)
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    Hello, what is the reference for county native/non-native maps on GoBotany? I observed Yellow Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes ochroleuca) in Vershire, Orange County, VT. But the map on the species page does not show it present in Orange County: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/spiranthes/ochroleuca/ Is there something useful like vouchering I can do to add it to the record? iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/137861713 Thank you
    Answer
    Dear ljcost, good morning. The maps you see displayed on Go Botany are based on herbarium specimens (primarily) and literature reports. I also store images that serve as virtual vouchers for plant occurrences in various counties in New England. The maps get updated as I find edits (which can be additions or exclusions). I'll update the map for this species based on your discovery. Thank you. (Thursday, 2 March 2023)
  • Question
    Good day everyone ,Can you kindly help with the identification of this plants.Thank you.
    Answer
    Dear onosigoitse, good morning. I do not recognize this woody plant. I do not know where the images were taken--is this a species that grows in North America or elsewhere? If you are living outside of northeastern North America, I may not be able to help. But, I can suggest some locations to get assistance if I knew where this plant was growing. Best wishes. (Thursday, 2 March 2023)

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