Ficus fraseri —Creek Sandpaper Fig—MORACEAE

Ficus fraseri

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Habitat—Scattered through drier rainforest, also in littoral and riverine rainforest;

Distribution—North from Tuggerah Lake, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—: Shrub to medium-sized tree, scabrous but otherwise mostly glabrous.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Diamond Beach, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Golden Ponds Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, The Islands and Tonie's Gully

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, with pointed rolled stipules, leaves sandpapery above, sap watery or slightly milky; ovate to elliptic or obovate, mostly 6 to 14 cm long, 2.5 to 6.5 cm wide, margins often lobed on young growth, otherwise entire, base often cuneate; both surfaces scabrous; petiole mostly 1 to 2 cm long; stipules 0.3 to 0.5 cm long, finely hairy.

Ficus fraseri
Ficus fraseri

Fruit—Figs ellipsoid, 10 to 15 mm long, yellow turning orange—red; stalk 5 to 10 mm long; paired or clustered in axils of leaves.

Ripe.—May to February.