|Etymology||Genus||From the Latin name for the fig (Ficus species)|
|Species||Hollow; likely referring to the hollow young twigs|
|Synonyms||Covellia subopposita Miq., Ficus condensa King, Ficus harlandii Benth.|
|Common Names||Common Yellow Stem-Fig|
|Native Distribution||India, South China, and Malesia|
Ficus fistulosa is a very common fig tree in secondary forests. It can be easily recognised by two characters. First, the shape of the leaves, being elongated and broader at the ends. Second, it is only one of the two native Ficus tree species that produce figs on their trunks and branches; the other being Ficus variegata (Ng et al., 2005). The young twigs are also hollow.
Messy form of the Common Yellow Stem-Fig in Bidadari Cemetery.
The typical and diagnostic leaf shape.
Venation of the leaf.
Cauliflory; the production of figs on the trunk.
Cross-section of twig showing its hollow interior.