Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Ficus drupacea Thunb.
Thunberg, C.P. (1786) Dissertatione Botanica. Ficus : 6, 11. Type: Southern Asia, C. Thunberg.
Fig, Hairy; Fig, Drupe; Fig; Fig, Red; Hairy Fig; Red Fig; Drupe Fig
A strangling fig. Lenticels tend to be in horizontal lines. A hard brown horny layer normally visible in the outer blaze. Exudate rapid and copious.
Stipules about 0.8-4.5 cm long, densely clothed in long rusty prostrate silky hairs when young. Petioles and twigs produce a milky exudate. Leaf blades about 10-20 x 4-8 cm. Both surfaces of young leaf blades densely clothed in rusty hairs. Oil dots sometimes visible on the underside of the leaf blade with the aid of a lens.
Cotyledons oblong to orbicular, about 3-4 mm long. First pair of leaves +/- opposite. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic to ovate, apex acute, base obtuse, upper surface hairy, mainly on the midrib and main lateral veins; oil dots numerous, visible with a lens; petiole densely hairy; stipules triangular, sheathing the terminal bud, hairy. Taproot thickened, carrot-like (Daucus carota). Seed germination time 10 to 46 days.
Fruits eaten by Fruit Pigeons. Cooper & Cooper (1994).