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White Fig

(Ficus virens, fam. Moraceae)

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Medium to large tree with buttressed trunk; banyan with few aerial roots or strangler; semi deciduous or deciduous. Monoecious.
Form or habit: Tree
Latex:Present
Leaf:Simple Alternate

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 conspicuous: Inconspicuous
Flower colour:
Flower description:Flowers are enclosed within the fig itself and generally pollinated by specific wasps.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Purple
Fruit: Fleshy
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
Origin:Australia
Weed:No
Weed status:
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.

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