Tag Archives: Moraceae

Ficus leptoclada (Moraceae)

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 … Continue reading

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Ficus pleurocarpa (Moraceae)

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, … Continue reading

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Ficus pumila (Moraceae)

The Creeping fig is probably one of the most well-known ornamental fig plants, and is seen in many tropical countries as an ornamental climber, not just for the home but also in urban settings, where it is used to decorate … Continue reading

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Ficus pantoniana (Moraceae)

A common climbing fig of rainforest and also swamp forest, F. pantoniana has globular orange-red figs. The leaves of this fig are longish-ovate and the leaf stalks are often brownish.

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Ficus hispida (Moraceae)

A rather interesting and very widespread tropical fig is often found beside creeks. This fig is cauliflorus, meaning it bears fruits on the trunks. In this species, the figs are somewhat hairy and ripen yellow. This species has an impressive … Continue reading

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Ficus obliqua (Moraceae)

The common name of this attractive and elegant fig, the Small leaved fig is not really accurate and pretty uninformative for getting to know it. Figs are in a class of their own, and it is not difficult to tune … Continue reading

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A curtain of death

The Curtain Fig near Yungaburra is one of a number of icon trees of Far North Queensland. Like the Cathedral Fig, the curtain fig is an old indivudual of Ficus virens, and is possibly over 500 years old. Information board … Continue reading

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Paying respects at the cathedral

A information board on the cathedral fig All visitors to Far North Queensland should pay their respects to the cathedral fig. This magnificent tree is a cultural icon and is believed to be at least 500 years young. It is … Continue reading

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Ficus variegata (Moraceae)

This stately fig tree with broad spreading plank buttress roots is also known as the Common Red Stem Fig or the Variegated Fig. It is very widespread in Southeast Asia and here and is usually found in lowland rainforest. The … Continue reading

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Ficus destruens (Rusty Fig) (Moraceae)

An beautiful fig which certainly has ornamental value because of the rusty-backed leaves and neat appearance. It is a strangling fig and typically starts life off as an epiphyte on other trees The figs ripen orange or red and were … Continue reading

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