Ficus watkinsiana—Strangling Fig—MORACEAE

Ficus watkinsiana

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Habitat—Common in low altitude rainforest of all types.

Distribution— North from the Williams River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Large tree with widely buttressed stems, epiphytic and strangling.

Local occurrences

Boorganna Nature Reserve, Dorrigo National Park, Bongil Bongil National Park and Urunga.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, pointed rolled stipules, latex present; elliptic, 10 to 25 cm long, 3 to 7 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate, base cuneate, both surfaces green and shining, midvein yellowish; petiole 4 to 7 cm long; stipules 3 to 6 cm long, glabrous.

Ficus watkinsiana

Fruit.—Figs ovoid to globose with a distinct apical nipple, 25 to 40 mm long, purple–black with paler spots when ripe; stalk 10 to 20 mm long; paired; inner part of fruit ovoid and hard, often found on the forest floor.

Ripe.—September to April