The Queen of Trees

Additional Web and Print Resources

Web Sites

Fig Web
http://www.figweb.org/Ficus/index.htm
Explore a cornucopia of information from fig experts in France and South Africa.

Fig
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig
Learn all about the genus Ficus from Wikipedia, a community-generated online encyclopedia.

Blind Date: The Secret Sex Lives of Figs
http://www.wildwatch.com/resources/plants/figs.asp
Discover how fig wasps pollinate fig trees while they undergo their own reproduction cycle.

Figs and Their Wasps
http://cloudbridge.org/fig-wasp.htm
Get more information about the complex relationship between figs and their pollinators, fig wasps.

Ancient Figs of the Holy Land
http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ww0501.htm
Find out more about figs in the Bible as well as sacred fig trees.

African Gray Hornbill
http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/grey_hornbill.htm
Review a photo and profile of the birds that make fig trees their home.

PBS Kids: Backyard Jungle
http://pbskids.org/backyardjungle/homepage/Queen_of_Trees/
Kids can explore the sycomore fig tree and then participate in a challenge to crown the queen of their backyard.

NATURE: Deep Jungle

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/deepjungle

Read how the strangler fig tree encases the Brazil nut tree to steal its water and other nutrients.

Books

Berg, C. C. AFRICAN FIG TREES AND FIG WASPS. Amsterdam: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, 1992.

Burrows, John and Sandra. FIGS OF SOUTHERN AND SOUTH-CENTRAL AFRICA. Hatfield, South Africa: Umdaus Press, 2003.

Dawkins, Richard. CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE. New York: Norton, 1997.

Kite, Lorien. HORNBILLS. New York: Grolier Academic Reference, 1999.

Simmons, Marie. Fig HEAVEN: 70 RECIPES FOR THE WORLD’S MOST LUSCIOUS FRUIT. New York: Morrow Cookbooks, 2004.

Withers, Martin. WILDLIFE OF EAST AFRICA. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002.