Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Ficus adenosperma Miq.
Miquel, F.A.W. (1868) Annales Musei Botanici Lugduno-Batavi : 233. Type: Celebes boraelis, in distr. Menado nec non Ternate et Amboina .. TEYSMANN. Ceram; DE VRIESE.
Riverine Fig; Fig; Fig, Riverine
Not a strangling fig, bark exudate yellowish cream, rapid and copious.
Leaf blades about 6-17 x 3-7 cm, fairly distinctly 3-veined at the base. Stipules about 1.8-2 cm long. Younger leafy twigs slightly hairy and older twigs with brown, scaly or flaky bark. Petioles and twigs produce a slightly yellowish milky exudate. Oil dots visible with a lens, more obvious on the underside of the leaf blade.
Figs pedunculate, globose or depressed globose, about 9-10 x 9-10 mm. Orifice closed by interlocking apical and internal bracts.
Cotyledons very small, almost orbicular, about 2-3 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade narrowly elliptic, apex acuminate, base auriculate, glabrous on the upper surface; oil dots visible with a lens; stipules linear-triangular, sheathing the terminal bud. Seed germination time 18 to 56 days.
Occurs in NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 450 m. Normally grows as a rheophyte on creeks flowing through well developed rain forests in NEQ but grows on river banks in more open situations in NT. Also occurs in Malesia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.