Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Ficus subpuberula Corner

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Fig and stipule. © R. Jensen
Leaves, figs and stipules (red). © R. Jensen
Leaves and figs. © R. Jensen
Habit. © R. Jensen

Corner, E.J.H. (1959) Gardens Bulletin Singapore 17: 403. Type: Western Australia, York Sound, A. Cunningham s.n.; holo: K; iso: U. Fide Dixon et al. (2001).

Common name

Fig, Rock Breaker; Fig; Rock Breaker Fig


Tree to 13 m tall, a lithophytic fig growing over rocks.


Leaf blades 2.7-14.3 x 1-7 cm, widely ovate to ovate, widely elliptic to elliptic, to lanceolate; base cuneate, obtude, rounded or cordate. Petioles 0.7-8 cm long, glabrous to minutely hairy. Stipules about 2-6.5 cm long, glabrous to minutely hairy. Petioles and twigs produce a milky exudate. Leafy twigs glabrous or minutely hairy.


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


Figs globular, 1-2.4 cm long, 0.9-2.3 cm diameter, glabrous or minuntely hairy, peduncle 3-27 mm long. Orifice consisting of about 3 or 4 radiating slits +/- closed by inflexed and overlapping bracts. Figs glabrous to minutely pubescent on the outer surface.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia. Occurs in WA, NT and in NEQ it extends to the Lawn Hill area in western Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 200 m. Grows in monsoon forest, usually in rocky situations.

Urostigma puberulum Miq., London Journal Botany 6: 562(1847). Ficus puberula (Miq.) Miq., Annales Musei Botanici Lugduno-Batavi 3: 287(1867).
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