Ficus microcarpa — Small Fruited Fig, Indian Laurel Fig—MORACEAE

Ficus microcarpa

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Habitat—Grows in well developed rain forest, drier, more seasonal rain forest and beach forest

Distribution—Occurs in Cape York Peninsula, North East Queensland and southwards as far as coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 400 m. Also occurs in SE Asia, Malaysia and the SW Pacific islands.

Description—Medium Tree. A strangling fig or banyan with prop roots and flying buttresses. Dead bark khaki or mustard coloured when cut. Bark exudate copious.

Local occurrences

Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Park and Marina, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, pointed rolled stipules, latex present, petioles channelled on the upper surface. Leaf bearing twigs flattish–triangular in cross section. Leaf blades about 3 to 12 x 1.5 to 9 cm. Small oil dots visible with a lens on both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade.

Ficus microcarpa
Ficus microcarpa

Fruit—Figs sessile, depressed pyriform, about 8 to 10 x 10 to 12 mm. Orifice closed by interlocking apical and internal bracts.

Ripe.—January to February.