Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Ficus coronata Spin.

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Leaf and figs. CC-BY: APII, ANBG
Maturing figs with lateral bracts. CC-BY: APII, ANBG
Trunk and cauliflorous figs. CC-BY: APII, ANBG

Spin, Marquis de (1818), Le Jardin de St. Sebastien Edn. 2: 13, 28.

Common name

Creek Sandpaper Fig


Shrub or medium-sized tree to 15 m high. Bark light brown, generally smooth to non-descript. Exudate watery or milky turning brown on exposure. Stems hairy becoming hairless.


Leaves alternate, simple. Stipules present to c. 1 cm long, hairy, falling early to leave prominent scar. Petioles to 1 cm long. Leaf blade ovate to oblong, 5-15 cm long, 2-8 cm wide, base cuneate, subcordate or rounded and often oblique, margins entire, dentate to crenulate or sometimes lobed in juveniles, leaf apex acuminate. Leaves with scabrid hairs on upper surface giving a sandpapery feel, lower surface hairy with soft erect white or brown hairs, sometimes sparsely sandpapery. Lateral veins about 5-8 pairs.


Figs axillary, cauliflorous or ramiflorous, each fig containing many small flowers embedded along the lining of the fig wall. Flowers unisexual. Male flowers with 4-5 tepals; stamens 1 or 2. Female and gall flowers with 4-6 tepals.


Fruit a fig (synconium), fleshy, ovoid, 1.5-2.5 cm long, hairy, ± scabrid, purple-black when ripe, ostiole or fig opening to 4 mm diam., raised with protruding apical bracts and lateral bracts on fig surface.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CEQ, near Bowen southwards to Victoria. In rainforest and gallery forest.

Ficus muntia Link., Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Regii Berolinensis Altera 2: 450 (1822), Type: "Hab. in Australia." Ficus scabrifolia A.Rich., Sertum Astrolabianum. Voyage de Decouvertes de l'Astrolabe. Botanique 2: 44, t. 17 (1834), Type: "Crescit in Novâ-Hollandiâ, loco vulgò dicto Baie Moreton." Ficus stephanocarpa Warb., Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 1: 75 (1905), Type: "Queensland: Toowoomba, Scrub, leg. Warburg no. 18478". Ficus stephanocarpa Warb. var. stephanocarpa Maiden & Betche, Census of New South Wales Plants: 55, (1916).
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