Ficus lyrata, or the Fiddle Leaf Fig, is a species of evergreen tropical tree native to the tropical lowlands of western Africa. Belonging to the fig/mulberry family, Moraceae, it takes its nickname from its giant green leaves: They are similar to the size and shape of fiddles. These leaves are also known for being alternately arranged and for exhibiting foliar polymorphisms, a quality that the Fiddles share with others in their family (encompassing trees, shrubs, and lianas). In simpler terms, this means the leaf shapes can be different for different stages of life, a fairly unique characteristic. In fact, most other plants’ leaves make the same shapes throughout their lives.