Previously also known as Streblus brunonianus, the Whalebone Tree seems to bear all the features of figs (Ficus spp.). Like figs, it has alternate leaves with stipular scars and the leaves weep milky sap when pinched. Unlike figs however, the flowers and fruits are not borne in an enclosed structure or synconium. Instead, the male flowers hang out on spikes, as do the much more compact female flowers, hinting at a wind pollinated strategy employed by these plants. The resultant fruits are red luscious looking berries.
The fruits interestingly appear to bear vestiges of the two stigmas even after ripening.
The leaves have a toothed margin, feels quite thin, and have a slightly sandpapery texture. There is another species in FNQ, S. glaber, which I look forward to seeing. More on that when that happens.