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Ficus brachypoda (Miq.) Miq.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Leaves and fig. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves (underside) and fig. © G. Sankowsky
Leaves and figs. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
Scale bar 10mm. © CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. © CSIRO

Miquel, F.A.W. (1867) Annales Musei Botanici Lugduno-Batavi : 287.

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A strangling fig or banyan fig growing over boulders. Exudate slightly brownish.


Leaf blade small, about 4.5-6 x 2-3 cm. Petioles and twigs produce a milky exudate. Stipules about 1-2 cm long, glabrous on the outer surface. Petioles pubescent, channelled on the upper surface. Leafy twigs pubescent.


Tepals glabrous. Male flowers dispersed among the fruitlets on the ripe figs. Anthers reniform. Stigma cylindric, papillose, often slightly coiled. Bracts at the base of the fig, two. Lateral bracts not present on the outside of the fig body.


Figs pedunculate, globose, about 6-10 x 6-10 mm. Orifice triradiate, +/- closed by inflexed internal bracts.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA, NT, the western Gulf Region of NEQ, and inland parts of Australia. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 250 m. Grows in monsoon forest and dry scrubs.

Ficus obliqua var. puberula (Benth.) Corner, The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 17 : 402(1960). Ficus eugenioides var. puberula Benth., Flora Australiensis 6: 167(1873). Urostigma brachypodum Miq., Hooker's London Journal of Botany 6 : 562(1847), Type: Western Australia, York Sound, Hb. Hook., Bynoe; holo: K; iso: U. Fide Dixon et al (2001). Urostigma vitellinum Miq., J. Bot. Neerl. 1: 237(1861), Type: Northern Territory, Arnhem Land, Fitzmaurice River, Mueller; holo: K; iso: U. Ficus platypoda var. lachnocaula (Miq.) Benth., Flora Australiensis 6: 169(1873). Ficus lachnocaula (Miq.) Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot Lugduno-Batavi 3: 287(1867). Ficus vittelina (Miq.) Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi 3: 268(1867). Ficus platypoda var. minor (Miq.) Benth., Flora Australiensis 6: 169(1873). Urostigma platypodum f. glabrior Miq., J. Bot. Neer. 1: 236(1861). Urostigma platypodum f. minor glabrior Miq., London Journal Botany 6: 562(1847), Type: West Coast of Australia, Bynoe in Hb. Hook.; holo: K; iso: U. Urostigma lachnocaulon Miq., J. Bot. Neerl. 1: 238(1861), Type: Western Australia, Herb. Mus. Paris, Voyage of Capt. Baudin; holo: K; iso: U.
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