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Leaves and figs. Copyright CSIRO
Figs, side views and cross section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Female flowers or gall flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Group of male flowers, bird's-eye view. Copyright CSIRO
Fig, longitudinal section. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon and 1st leaf stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Ficus leptoclada Benth.
Bentham, G. (1873) Flora Australiensis 6: 172. Type: Queensland. Rockingham Bay, Dallachy..
Fig, Atherton; Atherton Fig; Figwood
Not a strangling fig. Fibrous stripes in the blaze, darker than the general blaze background. Subrhytidome layer frequently yellow.
Leaf blades about 8-12 x 3-4 cm, upper surface somewhat rough, resembling sandpaper when touched with the lips. Stipules about 0.5 cm long, semi-persistent, remaining attached to the twig after each leaf expands. Twig bark strong and fibrous when stripped. Very small prickle-like teeth sometimes apparent around the margin of the leaf blade.
Cotyledons orbicular, about 4 mm diam. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade elliptic or ovate, apex acuminate, base cuneate to obtuse, margins crenate or dentate, teeth along upper 2/3 of the leaf blade, both the upper and lower surfaces scabrous; oil dots small, numerous, visible with a lens; petiole and stem scabrous. Stipules sheathing the terminal bud, shed early.
Distribution and Ecology
Endemic to Queensland, occurs in NEQ and southwards as far as coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1200 m. Grows in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites. This species is favoured by disturbance and is often found in rain forest regrowth.
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)