Figs: An interesting (to me anyway) discovery...
I learned today that the "sycamore" of the bible is not in fact what I think of as a sycamore. That what I (and I'm guessing much of the world) thinks of as a sycamore are members of the genus Platanus (aka plane trees).
Apparently, the sycamore of the bible is Ficus sycomorus, the sycamore fig, which is related only linguistically (it's fortunate I can't type, because I'd have never found that link by Googling if I hadn't, because they misspell the name). As you may have noticed, it's the same genus as "real" figs (Ficus carica).
Anyway, I've got company this week, so I'd best go attend to them.
Sort of working on some genetics posts...am I correct in assuming that most people here can recall the dominant vs. recessive, two copies of each gene, Punnet square stuff from high school/college? Or should I start with the real basic stuff?
Update: The rest of that page is pretty interesting, too, and though it doesn't take too much cleverness to find the rest of it, I might as well link to the main page, too, because there's lots of good fig info:
Ray's Fig Page