Ficus virens, Fam. Moraceae
Medium to large tree with buttressed trunk; banyan with few aerial roots or strangler; semi deciduous or deciduous. Monoecious.
|Form or habit:||Tree|
Simple, alternate, entire, ovate to elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, 8-19 x 3.5-9cm. Stipules 0.5-1.5cm; petioles 2-7cm. More dry and papery to touch compared to other local figs. Leaves exhibit prominent pale lateral veins visible on both sides.
|Flower description:||Flowers are enclosed within the fig itself and generally pollinated by specific wasps.|
|Fruit description:||Globular figs 0.7-2cm in diameter. Pinkish brown or white with reddish spots ripening to to purple and sometimes black. September to July.|
|Habitat:||Rainforest,Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest|
|Distribution||Cape York to Richmond River in NSW, northern WA and NT.|
|Food source for:||Fruit attracts a range of birds, as well as the Spectacled Flying Fox.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||A useful tree for arresting stream bank erosion.|
|Information sources:||The Mackay Branch Society for Growing Australian Plants. (1989) One Hundred and One Trees of Mackay.,Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|