- leaves are glossy dark-green above and brownish below
- leaves are large (10 – 25 cm long and 7 – 15 cm wide)(Putting Back The Forest by Bryan Hacker, Rona Butler and Rae Rekdahl ) and alternate
- fig is orange to purple with creamy white dots – (www.brisrain.webcentral.com.au Brisbane RainForest Action and Information Network)
like the Moreton Bay (Ficus macrophylla) in appearance… but
- its leaves are green on both surfaces
- its purple fruit have a distinctive nipple at the apex (A Field Guide to Australian Trees by Ivan Holliday – FGAT)
- occurs as a big strangler in rainforest areas and has virtually disappeared from Brisbane’s western suburbs except perhaps for the upper reaches of Gold Creek or Moggill Creek (Graeme Wilson).
- we have planted one since the flood
NOTE WELL: This fig in Queensland is different to the Port Jackson Rusty Fig which occurs in NSW where it has a rusty-red (rubiginosa) colour underneath the leaf. In the past it has also been known as Ficus platypoda – Rock Fig (GW). It has also been known as Ficus obliqua – Small-leaved Fig (FGAT). Ficus rubiginosa in SE Qld was previously known as Ficus platypoda or Ficus obliqua var. petiolaris. It is a hairless form of Rock Fig / Port Jackson Fig / Rusty Fig. (Trees and Shrubs in Rainforest of New South Wales and southern Queensland [Williams, Harden & McDonald 1984] – also known as The Red Book – TRB). The website http://www.davidmcminn.com/ngc/pages/nativefigs.htm confirms this.
- it has clusters of paired yellow-orange figs
- its leaves are glossy green
- it is a banyan and can put down aerial / secondary roots/ buttresses (Wikipedia) This has occurred in only one of these figs on our property, where the septic tank has an overflow hose!
- it is the most common variety on our property, besides the sandpaper figs, and one of them is extremely tall
Ficus superba var, henneana:
- we have planted 2 since flood but one died during a very hot period
- solitary fruit
- attractive to Coxen fig bird, which unfortunately may be extinct
Ficus virens:the White Fig
- attractive to Channel-billed Cuckoos
- deciduous – very dramatic dropping of leaves within a few days, the regrowth of young pale leaves is also very fast
- leaves have distinctive yellow veins
- the largest fig tree on our property
- the fruit is paired, white or (pinkish) brown (Land For Wildlife, South East Queensland July 2010, Flora Profile by Alan Wynn – LFW)