Ficus superba var. henneana —Deciduous Fig—MORACEAE

Ficus superba

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Habitat—In warm rainforest of all types on the coast and a more spreading medium-sized tree on steep rocky hillsides; north from Nowra.

Distribution—North from Nowra in New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. This variety occurs only in Australia but the species extends to China, Japan and South East Asia.

Description—Strangler, usually a tall buttressed tree and ± deciduous.

Local occurrences

Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Islands, Tonie's Gully, Wallamba River Area and Wingham Brush

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, pointed rolled stipules, latex present; ovate to oblong–elliptic, 8 to 15 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, apex mostly shortly and bluntly pointed, base slightly cordate, glabrous, relatively thin; petiole 2 to 5 cm long; stipules 0.5 to 1 cm long, glabrous.

Ficus superba
Ficus superba

Fruit—Figs ± globose, 15 to 25 mm diam., purple with pale spots; stalk 2 to 10 mm long; solitary.

Ripe.—December to July.