CHAP. 49.—TREES IN WHICH THE FRUIT APPEARS BEFORE THE
The other trees, again, bear their fruit beneath the leaves,
for the purpose of protection, with the exception of the fig, the
leaf of which is very large, and gives a great abundance of
shade; hence it is that we find the fruit placed above it; in
addition to which, the leaf makes its appearance after the fruit.
There is said to be a remarkable peculiarity connected with
one species of fig that is found in Cilicia, Cyprus, and Hellas;
the fruit grows beneath the leaves, while at the same time the
green abortive fruit, that never reaches maturity, is seen growing on the top of them. There is also a tree that produces an
early fig, known to the Athenians by the name of " prodro-
In the Laconian varieties of this fruit more particularly, we find trees that bear two crops2
in the year.