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Ficus Species Print

Ficus Species Print

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This print features illustrations of twenty-five different plants from the genus Ficus - including popular houseplant varieties like the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata), the edible common fig (Ficus carica), and even rare tropical species such as the Mosaic fig (Ficus aspera). 

12" x 16"
Printed on heavy weight 300gsm 100% cotton paper. I selected this paper for its similar look and feel to the cotton hot press watercolor paper I paint on. 
Printed using pigment based archival inks in my home studio in Southwest Florida.
I hand sign each print with a graphite pencil. My signature is inconspicuous and can be found in the bottom right corner of the print. 
Open edition
Ships flat in a protective sleeve, on an acid-free backing board.

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About the Ficus Species Print

The Painting Process

Each Ficus species on this print was originally hand painted in watercolor. I wanted to focus mostly on the different types of leaves found in the genus for this print, but I also featured a few examples of fruit as well - including the edible fig, Ficus carica.

  • An array of smaller ficus species leaves

  • F. benghalensis and F. lyrata

  • F. elastica 'Ruby' and 'Shivereana'

Ficus is an interesting and diverse genus, and I was fortunate to have access to a wide range of species growing in Florida to use as reference for this print. While some of the more colorful varieties on this print are popular houseplants, other species grow into large trees, such as this Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) at the Edison Ford Estates here in Fort Myers.

  • Here's a large-text digital version of this print that I've shared on social media. Please tag me @apsley_watercolor if you'd like to share it as well!
  • This digital guide is a bit different from the physical print, but feel free to use it for your personal reference or to help identify plants.
    1. Ficus elastica ‘Ruby’ (Variegated rubber tree)
    2. Ficus pumila ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Climbing Fig)
    3. Ficus petiolaris (Rock Fig)
    4. Ficus microcarpa ‘Green Island’
    5. Ficus benjamina ‘Starlight’ (Variegated Weeping Fig)
    6. Ficus sagittata (Ficus Radicans)
    7. Ficus altissima ‘Yellow Gem’
    8. Ficus pumila ‘Quercifolia’ (Miniature Oakleaf Fig)
    9. Ficus deltoidea (Mistletoe Fig)
    10. Ficus montana (Oakleaf Fig)
    11. Ficus aspera (Clown Fig, Mosaic Fig)
    12. Ficus lingua
    13. Ficus religiosa (Sacred Fig)
    14. Ficus villosa (Shaggy Leaf Fig)
    15. Ficus lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Fig)
    16. Ficus benghalensis (Banyan)
    17. Ficus ‘Alii’
    18. Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ (Variegated Rubber Tree)
    19. Ficus umbellata
    20. Ficus pumila (Climbing Fig)
    21. Ficus elastica ‘Shivereana’
    22. Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig)
    23. Ficus carica (Common Fig)
    24. Ficus natalensis ssp. leprieurii ‘Variegata’ (Ficus triangularis)
    25. Ficus elastica (Rubber Tree)
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