Ficus coronata —Sandpaper Fig, Creek Sandpaper Fig—MORACEAE

Ficus coronata

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Habitat—Often along creeks, in rainforest and open country, occasionally in sheltered rocky areas on Western Slopes; widespread on coast and tablelands.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Description— Shrub or small tree, branches densely hairy, scabrous.

Local occurrences

Ramada Resort Diamond Beach, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Park and Marina, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tonie's Gully, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, with pointed rolled stipules, leaves sandpapery above, sap watery or slightly milky. Lamina ovate to oblong, 5 to 10 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, larger and often lobed on young growth, margins entire or toothed, upper surface strongly scabrous, lower surface often pubescent; petiole bristly, 0.3 to 1 cm long; stipules to 1 cm long, hairy.

Ficus coronata
Ficus coronata

Fruit—Figs ellipsoid to globose, to 20 mm long, pubescent, purple-black when mature, edible; stalk c. 5 to 12 mm long; axillary or cauliflorous, solitary or in small clusters.

Ripe.—January to June.