White fig, banyan fig
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:||Med tree, Large 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.|
Black, Brown, Purple, White, Pink, Red
|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:||Beach scrub, gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, littoral rainforest, 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:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia., Society for Growing Australian Plants. Mackay Branch. (1989). One hundred and one trees of Mackay.|