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: It is doubtful whether this species is naturalised in NSW, or whether Australian collections represent F. henneana (syn: F. superba var. henneana). The native range of F. superba is S. India, Indo-china to Malesia. note added K.L. Gibbons, 11 Mar. 2020.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Other Australian states: *Qld *N.T.
Text by G. J. Harden
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