Ficus leptoclada (Moraceae)

Ficus leptoclada  Malanda Falls  DSC_0352

This small rainforest understorey tree or tall shrub known commonly as the Atherton Fig although it is widespread in the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland and occurs in lowland and upland rainforests. It is an elegant albeit frequently overlooked fig species. The leaves are a little sandpapery on the upper surface and asymmetrical at the base and borne on slender twigs. The figs ripen red and most frequently develop at the leaf axils although I have encountered them developing from small trunks.


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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