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Ficus cotinifolia HBK; koopo', alamo, strangler fig

Tree, often starting as an epiphyte, then enveloping its host in roots and branches, ultimately constricting the host trunk and and overtopping the host tree's canopy; leaves alternate, simple, wide-elliptic, with cordate base, entire margins, and rounded apex; flowers and fruits enclosed in globose syconia (figs).

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Generally, figs are pollinated by wasps that deposit eggs inside the syconium. Although this species is listed as an important source of pollen and/or nectar for bees (Souza Novello 1981), it is not clear how bees would gain entry into the syconium or have any other means to access the flowers located inside.