Ficus rubiginosa —Port Jackson Fig, Rusty Fig—MORACEAE

Ficus rubiginosa

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Habitat—Commonly scattered in rocky sites on dry hills in open forest or in dry, littoral or rarely subtropical rainforest. Mainly a coastal species.

Distribution—North from Bega and extending west along the Warrumbungle Range and the Nandewars to Narrabri district in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Small to large spreading tree, often buttressed; young stems rusty-pubescent.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Golden Ponds Reserve, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, The Sanctuary, Wallamba River Area and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, pointed rolled stipules, latex present; obovate, ovate or elliptic, mostly 7 to 10 cm long, 5 to 6 cm wide, rarely to 20 cm long and 10 cm wide; upper surface glabrous, lower surface mostly hairy and rusty–coloured; petiole usually 1 to 3 cm long; stipules 1.5 to 3 cm long, finely hairy or rarely glabrous.

Ficus rubiginosa
Ficus rubiginosa

Fruit—Figs ± globose, 10 to 20 mm diam., yellow turning red, usually prominently warted; stalk 2 to 5 mm long; usually paired.

Ripe.—January to July