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Ficus pantoniana King

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Figs. © Barry Jago
Leaves. © G. Sankowsky
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Vine stem bark and vine stem transverse section. © CSIRO

King, G. (1887) Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 55: 407. Type: New Guinea, H.O. Forbes, No. 185 ..

Common name

Fig; Fig, Climbing; Climbing Fig


Vine stem diameters to 6 cm recorded. Vascular rays visible in transverse sections of the bark.


Stipules about 6-13 mm long, completely enveloping the terminal bud and new leaf. Leaf blades about 3-11 x 1.5-5 cm, petioles scaly or flaky, about 0.5-2 cm long. 'Oil dots' numerous, mainly visible from the upper surface. Twigs and petioles produce a yellow, greenish yellow or cream exudate.


Male flowers: Flowers produced towards the top of the fig among the bracts below the orifice. Male flowers normally produced when the figs are mature and seeds are ripe? Female flowers: Flowers mainly located in the basal part of the fig. Fig globular, about 1.2-1.5 cm diam. on a stalk about 6-11 mm long. Tepals about 0.4-0.5 mm long. Style and stigmas projecting beyond the tepals. Ovary enclosed in the tepals.


Fruits pink.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 400 m. Grows in lowland and upland rain forest. Also occurs in Malesia.

Ficus pantoniana King var. pantoniana, The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 18: 8(1960). Ficus nugentii Domin, Bibliotheca Botanica 89(4): 567(1921), Type: Kamerunga, J. L. Nugent; holo: BRI?. Ficus scandens var. australis F.M.Bailey, Queensland Agricultural Journal 1(5): 370(1897), Type: Range about Kamerunga, L.J. Nugent. Holo: BRI?.
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