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Ficus superba Miq.
Family Moraceae
Common name: Deciduous Fig

Ficus superba Miq. APNI*

Description: Strangler, usually a tall buttressed tree and ± deciduous.

Leaves ovate to oblong-elliptic, 8–15 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, apex mostly shortly and bluntly pointed, base slightly cordate, glabrous, relatively thin; petiole 2–5 cm long; stipules 0.5–1 cm long, glabrous.

Figs ± globose, 15–25 mm diam., purple with pale spots; stalk 2–10 mm long; solitary; ripe Jan.–July.


Distribution and occurrence: In warm rainforest of all types on the coast and a more spreading medium-sized tree on steep rocky hillsides; north from Nowra. This variety occurs only in Aust. but the species extends to China, Japan and SE Asia.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. henneana

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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