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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Figs, side views and cross section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Leaves and figs. Copyright CSIRO
Female flowers Note spines on the perianth & styles. Copyright CSIRO
Male flowers, anthers 2-celled. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Ficus fraseri Miq.
Miquel, F.A.W. (1848) Hooker's London Journal of Botany 7: 235. Type: In Nova Hollandia, ad fl. Brisbane. (Fraser n. 154! in Hb. Hook.).
Ficus stenocarpa Benth., Flora Australiensis 6: 174(1873), Type: Queensland. Rockingham bay, Dallachy; Fitzroy island, Walter. Ficus aspera var. subglabra Benth., Flora Australiensis 6: 175(1873), Type: Syn: Queensland, Brisbane River, F. Mueller & F.M. Bailey & NSW, Hunter River, R. Brown. Ficus stephanocarpa var. subglabra (Benth.) Maiden & E. Betche, Census New South Wales Plants: 55(1916), Type: ?. Ficus stephanocarpa var. subglabra (Benth.) Maiden & Betche, A Census of New South Wales Plants: 55(1916), Type: ?. Ficus subglabra (Benth.) F. Muell., Fragmenta 9: 152(1875), Type: ?.
Figwood; Fig, Fraser's; Fig, Sandpaper; Fig, Watery; Fraser's Fig; Sandpaper Fig; Watery Fig
Flowers pedicellate. Tepals +/- spathulate, outer surface and margin clothed in pale pink, spine-like hairs. Male flowers produced around the ostiole. Apical bracts projecting beyond the body of the fig. Bracts at the base of the fig usually three or four. Lateral bract on the outside of the fig body.
Cotyledons almost orbicular, about 3-4 mm long. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic, apex acuminate, base obtuse or auriculate, margin crenate, both the upper and lower surfaces sandpapery from short bristle-like hairs; petiole clothed in bristle-like hairs; stipules elongate-triangular, hairy, shed early.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in NT, CYP, NEQ and southwards as far as coastal central New South Wales. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 800 m. Grows in well developed upland rain forest on a variety of sites but is probably more common in drier, more seasonal rain forest. Also occurs in Vanuatu and New Caledonia.