Fig, longitudinal section Most flowers female. Copyright CSIRO
Female flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Ficus aculeata var. indecora
Ficus aculeata var. indecora (A.Cunn. ex Miq.) D.J.Dixon
Dixon, D.J. (2007) Nuytsia 16(2):: 276-278. Type: ?.
Ficus opposita var. indecora (Cunn. ex Miq.) Corner, The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 17: 471(1960), Type: ?. Ficus indecora Cunn. ex Miq., London Journal Botany 7: 426(1848), Type: Western Australia, Careening Bay, A. Cunningham s.n.; holo: K. Ficus aculeata var. orbicularis (Miq) D.J. Dixon MS, : (), Type: Unpublished name.
Fig, Sandpaper; Fig; Sandpaper Fig
Not a strangling fig. Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.
Petioles and twigs produce a watery, milky exudate. Leaf blades about 9 x 6 cm, sandpapery on both the upper and lower surfaces. Stipules about 0.4-1 cm long, hairy on the outer surface. Leafy twigs sandpapery.
Tepals glabrous. Male flowers produced around the ostiole. Flowers surrounded by numerous, bristle-like hairs. Bracts at the base of the fig, three. Lateral bracts not present on the outside of the fig body.
Figs pedunculate, globular, about 7-10 mm diam. Orifice closed by interlocking and inflexed bracts.
Cotyledons about 4 x 4 mm, petioles about 1 mm long. First leaves small and hairy, about 10 x 8 mm. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade about 4.8-5.5 x 4-4.5 cm. Leaf blade margin dentate, underside hispid (feels like sandpaper). Stipules narrowly triangular, about 3 mm long.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Australia, occurs in WA and NT. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 450 m. Grows in open forest, gallery forest and monsoon forest.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)