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Rock Fig/Rusty Fig

(Ficus rubiginosa, fam. Moraceae)

Ficus rubiginosa Ficus rubiginosa Ficus rubiginosa Ficus rubiginosa Ficus rubiginosa
Small to large tree with a spreading canopy;can be a strangler. Monoecious.
Form or habit: Tree
Leaf:Simple Alternate

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 conspicuous: Inconspicuous
Flower colour:
Flower description:Flowers are enclosed within the fig itself and generally pollinated by specific wasps.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Red
Fruit: Fleshy
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:Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest,Woodland/ open forest,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest
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
Weed status:
Information sources: Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.

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