Ficus pleurocarpa (Moraceae)

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This endemic strangling fig tree, very descriptively named the banana fig, is one of FNQ’s more beautiful fig trees. The large and elongated (~5cm long) figs ripen into a nice dark red, and when you bite into one of them, the first thought that might occur to you is…”substantial”. Relatively tasty bush tucker as well, a far as wild figs go. The figs also arise in pairs per leaf axil – good things come in twos don’t they.

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The leaves are largish and have a beautiful bronze underside, and tri-nerved venation at the leaf base. Combined with the hairy stems, angled stipular scars and the long stipule, this native fig is quite distinctive.

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While they are strangler figs by nature, they seem to do just fine as stand-alone ornamental trees.

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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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