Common name: Creeping Fig
Ficus pumila L. APNI*
Synonyms: Ficus stipulata Thunb. APNI*
Description: Woody creeper climbing by adventitious roots, petioles, young stems and stipules softly hairy.
Leaves of climbing stems ovate, 1–3 cm long, base cordate, asymmetric, shortly petiolate; leaves of spreading fruiting branches elliptic to oblong, 4–10 cm long, 3-veined from base, reticulum conspicuous, raised below, petiole 1–2 cm long; lamina ± scabrous; stipules to 1.5 cm long, hairy.
Figs obovoid, 40–50 mm long, grey to mauve; stalk c. 10 mm long; solitary.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely cultivated, especially as a climber on walls and fences; occasionally naturalized. Native of Japan, China.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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