Common name: Sandpaper Fig, Creek Sandpaper Fig, Sandpaper Fig
Ficus coronata Spin APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree, branches densely hairy, scabrous.
Leaves with lamina ovate to oblong, 5–10 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, larger and often lobed on young growth, margins entire or toothed, upper surface strongly scabrous, lower surface often pubescent; petiole bristly, 0.3–1 cm long; stipules to 1 cm long, hairy.
Figs ellipsoid to globose, to 20 mm long, pubescent, purple-black when mature, edible; stalk c. 5–12 mm long; axillary or cauliflorous, solitary or in small clusters; ripe Jan.-June.
Distribution and occurrence: Often along creeks, in rainforest and open country, occasionally in sheltered rocky areas on Western Slopes; widespread on coast and tablelands.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. N.T.
See Bush foods of New South Wales for more information.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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