Ficus aculeata A.Cunn. ex Miq.
Miquel, F.A.W. (1848) London Journal of Botany 7: 426. Type: "In Ora boreali (Novae Holl.?) Hb. Hook.!".
Fig, Sandpaper; Fig; Sandpaper Fig
Not a strangling fig. Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.
Cotyledons about 4 x 4 mm, petioles about 1 mm long. First leaves small and hairy, about 10 x 8 mm. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade about 4.8-5.5 x 4-4.5 cm. Leaf blade margin dentate, underside hispid (feels like sandpaper). Stipules narrowly triangular, about 3 mm long. Seed germination time 20 days.
Two varieties occur: var aculeata in WA, NT, CYP and NEQ (leaf undersurface densely hairy obscuring the aereoles) and var. indecora in WA and NT (leaf undersurface less hairy and aeroles visible).