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Figs, side views and cross section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Female flowers, tepal margins hairy or fimbriate. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Ficus nodosa Teijsm. & Binn.
Teijsmann, J.E. & Binnendijk, S. (1867) Natuurkundig Tijdshrift voor Nederlandsch Indi 29: 245. Type: Crescit in insulis Moluccanis prov. Ambon, DE FRETES. Nom. incol. Gondal..
Cape Fig; Fig, Cape; Fig, Rocky River; Rocky River Fig
Leaf blades rather large, about 12-24 x 10-18 cm, cordate. Twigs and petioles produce a milky exudate. Stipules about 1-2 cm long, densely clothed in pale, prostrate silky hairs. Bark on the older twigs reddish and somewhat scaly.
Tepals lacinate, glabrous. Male flowers produced around the ostiole. Stigma swollen, cylindric, papillose. Bracts at the base of the fig, three, persistent. Lateral bracts not present on the outside of the fig body.
Figs produced on special leafless shoots which occur in large bunches at a few points on the trunk and larger branches. Figs pedunculate, +/- globose, depressed globose or depressed pyriform, about 40 x 45 mm. Orifice closed by +/- interlocking apical bracts and inflexed internal bracts. Inner surface of the fig irregularly lobed.
Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 3-4 mm diam. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade broadly ovate to cordate, apex acute to acuminate, base cordate, margins crenate to dentate, about 5-10 teeth each side of the leaf blade; upper surface of the leaf blade with a few hairs along the midrib, lower surface hairy on the midrib and lateral veins; oil dots or glands visible with a lens on the underside of the leaf blade; stipules sheathing the terminal bud, shed early, narrowly triangular, with a few hairs near the apex.
Distribution and Ecology
A large tree suitable for cultivation in tropical parkland. Older trees have smooth pinkish trunks with high spreading buttresses.