Rock fig, rusty fig
Ficus rubiginosa, Fam. Moraceae
Small to large tree with a spreading canopy, can be a strangler. Monoecious.
|Form or habit:||Tree|
Simple, alternate, entire, ovate, elliptic or occasionally obovate, 4-19 x 1-13cm. Petiole 0.7-8cm long with stipules 2-7cm or more. Thick texture; green and sometimes hairy above but rusty hairy below (from where its common name is derived).
|Flower description:||Flowers are enclosed within the fig itself and generally pollinated by specific wasps.|
Purple, Orange, Yellow, Red
|Fruit description:||Figs are 0.7-2cm in diameter warty or dotted. Yellow or orange turning red and sometimes purple when ripe; any month.|
|Habitat:||Beach scrub, gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, littoral rainforest, open forest, woodland.|
|Distribution||Qld and NSW.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by a large range of birds. Larval food plant of the Common Crow and Moonbeam Butterflies and native Fig Moth.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|