Distribution and Ecology

The majority of the Moraceae are tropical and predominantly elements of rain forest. Some genera, Ficus and Maclura, extend to subtropical or even warm temperate regions of the northern hemisphere and the paleotropical genus Streblus to New Zealand. Two genera, Broussonetia and Morus, can be regarded as elements of warm temperate to subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere and extend into the tropics. For the family two major centers of distribution can be distinguished 1. South East...