Under the Fig Leaf:

Tropical Rainforest Research at the Bell Museum

A view from above. There are nearly 50 different fig species on display at the Bell Museum.

Visitors to the fig exhibit experience the rainforest canopy from two aerial walkways.

Interpretive displays describe what's so special about the pollination of figs.

Benches provide a place to learn about rainforest research at the University of Minnesota.

Curator of Plants, Dr. George Weiblen, uses climbing equipment to replace a light bulb.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0128833. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

As of May 2014, the following 44 Ficus species and 4 hybrids were on display at the Bell Museum

Ficus austrina Corner
Ficus benjamina L.
Ficus benjamina L. var. nuda (Miq.) Barrett
Ficus boninsimae Koidz
Ficus broadwayi Urb.
Ficus congesta Roxb.
Ficus cordata Thunb.
Ficus costaricana (Liebm.) Miq.
Ficus crocata (Miq.) Miq.
Ficus dammaropsis Diels
Ficus deltoidea Jack
Ficus elastica Roxb.
Ficus formosana Maxim.
Ficus gasparriniana Miq. var. laceratifolia
Ficus globosa Bl.
Ficus gomelleira Kunth and C.D Bouche
Ficus hispidioides S. Moore
Ficus hispidioides x congesta
Ficus hispidioides x morobensis
Ficus hispidioides x pachyrrachis
Ficus ischnopoda Miq.
Ficus kerkovenii Koord. et Valet
Ficus kurzii King
Ficus lyrata Warburg
Ficus maclellandi King
Ficus macrophylla Person
Ficus maxima Miller
Ficus membranacea C. Wright
Ficus microcarpa L. var. hillii (F.M. Bailey) Corner
Ficus monckii Hassler
Ficus montana Burm f.
Ficus montana x asperfolia
Ficus natalensis (Miq.) C.C Berg ssp. leprieurii
Ficus nodosa Teysm. et Binn.
Ficus opposita Miq.
Ficus phaeosyce Laut. et K. Schum.
Ficus polita Vahl
Ficus preussii Warb.
Ficus pumilla L.
Ficus religiosa L.
Ficus sangumae Weiblen & Whitfeld
Ficus septica Burm f.
Ficus stricta (Miq.) Miq.
Ficus sundaica Bl.
Ficus thonningii Bl.
Ficus trigonata L.
Ficus villosa Willd.
Ficus virens Alt.
Ficus virgata Reinw. ex Blume