Australian Native Plants

  Ficus coronata (Sandpaper Fig)


Ficus coronata photo
Ficus coronata (cultivated, labelled) Maranoa Gardens, Balwyn, Victoria, Australia

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




SANDPAPER FIG FACTS

distribution map showing range of Ficus coronata in Australia

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


Common Name
Sandpaper Fig

Description
The Sandpaper Fig is a fig with rough sandpapery leaves. The tree has a dark brown trunk and ovate or elliptical leaves. The fruit is oval and about 1.5 cm long.

Height
6m -12m

Spread
3m - 5m

Habitat
rainforest, open forest, usually near creeks or gullies.

Wildlife Interest
Birds are attarcted to the fruit. food plant for the caterpillars of the Purple Moonbeam butterfly (Philiris innotatus)

Distribution
found along east coast of Queensland from Mackay down through New South Wales and Victoria.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Rosales
Family:Moraceae
Genus:Ficus
Species:coronata
Common Name:Sandpaper Fig


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