Australian Native Plants

  Ficus platypoda (Desert Fig)


Ficus platypoda photo
Ficus platypoda (cultivated, labelled) Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




DESERT FIG FACTS

distribution map showing range of Ficus platypoda in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Desert Fig

Other Names
Rock Fig

Description
The Desert Fig or Rock Fig has waxy oval leaves (similar to the Rubber Plant, F. elastica). It has grey bark. The fruits are small and hard and remain on the tree for months before falling.

Height
8m

Spread
5m

Distribution
found in central and northern Australia, Indonesia.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Rosales
Family:Moraceae
Genus:Ficus
Species:platypoda
Common Name:Desert Fig


Relatives in same Genus
  Ficus coronata
  Ficus macrophylla
  Ficus virens
  Ficus watkinsiana