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Male flowers, anthers opening on one suture. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves, figs and stipules (red). Copyright B. Gray
Figs, side views and longitudinal section. Copyright W. T. Cooper
Figs. Copyright Stanley Breeden
Female flowers. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Ficus pleurocarpa F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1874) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 8: 246. Type: Ad flumen Johnstoni; W. Hill..
Ficus cylindrica Warb., Repertorium Novarum Specierum Regni Vegetabilis 1 1: 72(1905), Type: Queensland: Ober-Barron, leg. Diels no. 8382, 22. Mai 1902.
Banana Fig; Ribbed Fig; Karpe Fig; Karpe; Gabi Fig; Fig, Ribbed; Fig, Karpe; Fig, Gabi; Fig, Banana; Fig; Figwood
A strangling fig.
Leaf blade rather large, about 16-28 x 7-11 cm. Stipules about 10-30 cm long and hairy towards the base. Leaf bearing twigs rather stout, about 10 mm diam., hairy, at least in the younger stages. Midrib hairy on the underside of the younger leaf blades.
Figs cylindric, about 35-65 x 13-25 mm, apex not conspicuously beaked. Orifice ending as a triradiate or bilabiate slit and closed within the body of the fig by inflexed, but not interlocking, internal bracts.
Cotyledons orbicular, about 3-6 mm diam. First pair of leaves with toothed margins. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade lanceolate or ovate, apex acute to acuminate, base obtuse to cordate, margins, if toothed, crenate; oil dots not visible, glabrous; petioles and stem glabrous; stipules sheathing the terminal bud, about 5-15 mm long. Taproot somewhat thickened.
Distribution and Ecology
Ripe figs are eaten by several species of birds as well as Green Possums and Musky Rat-kangaroos. Cooper & Cooper (1994).