Ficus opposita (Sandpaper Fig) (Moraceae)

Ficus opposita (Sandpaper Fig)

The Sandpaper fig is aptly named for the sandpaper feel on the upper leaf surface, as a result of scabrid hairs which can be seen with the naked eye. The leaf undersurface however is soft hairy, with the exception of major nerves. F. opposita is one of the most versatile figs I know of in FNQ. It occurs in both dry and wet environments and is also frequently seen in urban areas. By fig standards, the sandpaper fig is quite unusual because of it’s opposite leaves, although the leaves can also be alternate on the same individual. Few other figs do this. I am waiting to cut a fig open to see what is inside. More on that when that happens.

Ficus opposita

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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