Plant ID forum: Identification of Ficus like fruits (location of tree: mexico)

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Mexico City, Mexico
HendrikG
Oct 2, 2017 5:29 PM CST
Hello dear members,

I'd like to ask for your help in the identification of the botannical and/or common name of this species (fruit/tree):
It looks like a tree from the ficus genus, however I put all the information I have on it:
- Edible fruit, size of a small lime or strawberry; very tasty: sour, juicy sweet, very sour Skin - does neither taste like a figue nor simliar mouthfeel; the taste is very close to Gooseberry/Kiwi
- Season probably Aug/Sep/Oct as I ate one a few days ago and the were lying fruits on the ground and still many hanging on the tree
- Location: Mexico, Jalisco, Tequila Valley
- A local referred to it as a wild figue, but in my opinion it wasn't neither figue nor plumb like on the inside, yet I know that the ficus genus has a huge variety.
- The fruit was on a tree about 3-4m height

Thanks a lot for any idea o help in identifying it.
Kindly,
Hendrik


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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 2, 2017 9:35 PM CST
Are those flowers I see in the third photo? What was in the middle of the fruit (pit, multiple seeds)? What does the whole tree look like (photo)? What does the bark look like (another photo)? What does the blossom end of the fruit look like (yes, one more photo)?

What sort of environment do the trees grow in (swampy, dry, grassland....)?

I think that's it for the moment. Smiling
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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Oct 2, 2017 10:02 PM CST
Dovyalis hebecarpa (ketembila). No ficus will have those calyx, on their fruits (and I believes the plants are also spiny, no fig has thorn as far as I know). how ever ketembila also hybridize with Dovyalis abyssinica and I don't know the difference.
Mexico City, Mexico
HendrikG
Oct 5, 2017 8:47 AM CST
Dear Tofitropic,

thank you for the identification - that's exactly the tree/fruit! Funny thing, that it resembled totally a Gooseberry from ist flavour and a common name seems to be Ceylon Gooseberry. Again thanks a lot!

Dear Daisyl,

thank you for your questions/comments. On the last foto you actually can see a flower below the fruit (it's kind of yellowish green); thanks to tofitropic you can find more details on Wikipedia by looking up "Dovyalis_hebecarpa"

Thanks again and all the best
Hendrik
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 5, 2017 12:44 PM CST
I'm happy tofitropic was able to ID it. Just for future reference, members of the Ficus genus would not bloom as the "fruit" is actually the flower turned outside in. Smiling
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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