Ficus macrophylla Desf. ex Pers.

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Common names: Australian banyan (English) Moreton Bay fig (English)
Description: Tree to 25 m. Trunk grey with prominent buttresses and raised roots running along the surface. Leaves: petiole 10-15 cm long; lamina large, 11-23 × 7.5-12.5 cm, elliptic to slightly ovate, shiny green above, reddish-brown beneath; apex acute. Peduncle stout up to 15 mm long. Fruit spherical to somewhat ovoid, 13-25 mm, solitary in the leaf axils, maroon-red with yellowish irregular spots when mature, glabrous.
Notes: Rarely planted in Harare gardens.
Derivation of specific name: macrophylla: from Greek macro meaning large and phyllon a leaf).
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Worldwide distribution: Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 266 - 269. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus macrophylla
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ficus macrophylla
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ficus macrophylla
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ficus macrophylla
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iNaturalist: Ficus macrophylla
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ficus macrophylla
JSTOR Plant Science: Ficus macrophylla
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ficus macrophylla
Plants of the World Online: Ficus macrophylla
Tropicos: Ficus macrophylla
Wikipedia: Ficus macrophylla

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Ficus macrophylla., retrieved 22 June 2024

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