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Male flowers, anthers opening on one suture. Copyright CSIRO
Female flowers(?). Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon and 1st leaf stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Male flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and figs. Copyright CSIRO
Figs, side views and cross section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Ficus destruens F.Muell. ex C.T.White
White, C.T. (1933) Contributions from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University 4: 16. Type: Gadagarra, Atherton Tableland, alt. 800 m., S. F. Kajewski 1087, 8 Jun. 1929; holo: BRI.
Fig, Boonjee; Fig, Rusty; Strangler Fig; Fig; Fig, Strangler; Rusty Fig; Boonjee Fig
A strangling fig.
Younger leaf blades rusty on the underside. Petioles and twigs produce a milky exudate. Stipules pink, about 2-5 cm long, hairy on the outer surface. Leafy twigs hairy. Leaf blades about 9-18 x 2-6 cm.
Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 3-4 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade lanceolate or ovate, apex acute, margin crenate, with about 2-7 teeth each side, +/- glabrous on the upper surface. Stipules narrowly triangular, sheathing the terminal bud, sometimes with a few reddish hairs. Taproot thickened.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in CYP, NEQ and southwards as far as coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from sea level to 1000 m. Grows in well developed upland and mountain rain forest but sometimes extends outside the rain forest and grows as an epiphyte in eucalypt forest.
Fruit eaten by several species of birds. Cooper & Cooper (1994).