I think merging and tags could be considered. Although I do not know which one should be kept.

Where I live Ficus is the most commonly used name when it comes to various species. We even use Ficus in the common name of Ficus lyrata as well.

As far as I can tell people use Ficus more often in the USA, Canada or UK as well with an exception for Ficus lyrata. (At least for the most common houseplant varieties and species.)

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Ficus is the genus name. The questions tagged Figs are aimed at Ficus carica, the edible species of fig. We would loose context by merging the two although I am not in favour of species tags as if it was applied uniformly tags would be unusable.

We could create a tag synonym of Ficus carica <=> Figs but I am not sure what value it would have.

Thoughts anyone?

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    I see although the excerpt for figs is "Common name for Ficus a genus of woody trees, shrubs, vines, epiphytes, and hemiepiphytes." that is why I thought it is for the genus as well. Commented Jan 4, 2021 at 15:10
  • Good answer; Retaining the two tags separately is advantageous; also, creating the additional synonym seems unnecessary. Thank you
    – M H
    Commented Jan 15, 2021 at 13:51

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