Shortleaf Fig - Ficus citrifolia
Limited in North America to southern Florida and the Keys, Shortleaf Fig also grows in the West Indies and the Bahamas. As with the Strangler Fig, it often seeds in another tree and produces aerial roots that grow downward to the soil, creating a trunk and strangling the host. The shiny, leathery leaves are up to five inches in length, pointed at the tip, and rounded at the base. The branches have a milky juice, and the flowers are small and enclosed inside a globe-shaped receptacle. The fruit turn bright red when mature; within are many tiny seeds.