Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Ficus podocarpifolia Corner

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Leaves and figs. © R.L. Barrett
Leaves and figs. © R.L. Barrett
Leaves and figs. © R.L. Barrett
Habit, leaves and figs. © R.L. Barrett
Habit and leaves. © R.L. Barrett
10th leaf stage. © D.J.Dixon
10th leaf stage. © D.J.Dixon

Corner, E.J.H. (1975) Blumea 22: 305. Type: Western Australia, Bonaparte Archipelago, Bongaree Island, 14 July 1973, P.G. Wilson 11347; holo: PERTH; iso: NSW.

Common name

Sandpaper Fig


Can be a +/- prostrate creeper on sandstone boulders but also flowers and fruits as a shrub about 1-2 m tall.


Leaf blades about 20-100 x 2-16 mm, petioles less than 0.5 up to 4 mm long. Leaf blades scabrous (sandpapery) on both the upper and lower surfaces as well as the margins. Lateral veins up to 20-30 on each side of the midrib at a high angle, 80-90 degrees, forming loops inside the margin. Stipules linear to narrowly triangular, about 1.5-4 mm long.


Figs about 8-10 mm diam. Male flowers: Flowers clustered around the ostiole (apical pore). Stamens one per flower, occasionally two. Anthers about 1 mm long. Female flowers: Flowers tepals 4, spathulate, about 1-1.2 mm long, glabrous. Tepals longer than the ovary.


Fruits globular, about 8-10 mm diam. Outer surface hispid, scabrid.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 250 m. Usually found close to watercourse on sandstone, sometimes on other rock types.

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