Unidentified Ficus

Jenny Hart Jenny.Hart at RBGSYD.NSW.GOV.AU
Wed Dec 5 11:29:22 CST 2001

We're trying to identify a non-native Ficus found growing on a foreshore walk on Sydney Harbour in Vaucluse.

The Ficus is a tall tree, trunk smooth and grey, branches glabrous. The leaves are alternate, petiolate, petioles glabrous, 3-5.5 cm long; lamina elliptic, 20-25 cm long, 9-14 cm wide, symmetric at base, apex obtuse, margins entire, glossy green, glabrous, venation distinct, raised on the abaxial surface, pinnate, with 12-15 primary vein pairs. Stipules caducous, c. 2.5 cm long, pubescent.  Figs in pairs in the leaf axils, sessile, bracts persistent, forming collar at the base 3-5 mm long, glabrous, margins hyaline.  Figs ovoid, c. 3 cm long, 2 cm diameter, mature figs red-brown and spotty with pink flesh.

Anyone have any idea what species it might be?

Jenny Hart

Dr Jenny Hart
Botanical Information Service
National Herbarium of NSW
Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
Mrs Macquaries Road
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Ph. (02) 9231 8157
Fax (02) 9251 1952
E-mail: Jenny.Hart at rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

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