Ficus heteropleura Blume

Etymology Genus From the Latin name for the fig (Ficus species)
Species Varying venation on the leaf underside
Family Moraceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Sandy-Leafed Fig
Status Native: Common
Form Tree, Epiphyte
Native Distribution India, Bhutan, Hainan, Southeast Asia

Diagnostics:

Ficus heteropleura is a sprawling woody climber, epiphyte or shrub. The leaves are diagnostic, narrow, with a long drip-tip, and an intricately patterned underside, which has a rough sandpaper feel. The figs are bright orange.


Interesting Facts:

The Sandy-Leafed Fig is a host plant for the caterpillar of the butterfly, Striped Blue Crow.


A sprawling individual at Kent Ridge.

Diagnostic leaf underside, note the long drip-tip.

Branch and leaf arrangement.

Figs.


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Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-12-15 / Modified: 2018-12-21