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Useful Tropical Plants

Ficus platypoda

(Miq.) A.Cunn. ex Miq.

Moraceae

+ Synonyms

Ficus leucotricha (Miq.) Miq.

Urostigma leucotrichum Miq.

Common Name: Rock Fig

Ficus platypoda
Ripening fruit
Photograph by: Mark Marathon
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General Information

Rock fig is a small, robust tree with a spreading crown; it can grow up to 9 metres tall[
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Florabase
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http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/
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An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
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Flora of Australia
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http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
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The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
]. The plant often begins life as an epiphyte or growing in rocks[
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Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
]. When growing in the branch of another tree; it can send down aerial roots as it grows older which, when they reach the ground quickly form roots and become much thicker and more vigorous. They supply nutrients to the fig, allowing it to grow faster than the host tree. These aerial roots gradually encircle the host tree, preventing its main trunk from expanding, whilst at the same time the foliage smothers the foliage of the host. Eventually the host dies, leaving the fig to carry on growing without competition[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
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0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of fibre.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of Australia
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
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0
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Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.

Range

Australia - South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, West Australia.

Habitat

Monsoon forest and dry scrub in rocky situations at elevations up to 300 metres[
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Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
]. Sand, alluvium, loam, limestone, sandstone, granite. Cliffs, hills, screes, uplands, granite rock pockets in West Australia[
285
Title
Florabase
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height5.00 m
PollinatorsWasps
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Fig trees have a unique form of fertilization, each species relying on a single, highly specialized species of wasp that is itself totaly dependant upon that fig species in order to breed. The trees produce three types of flower; male, a long-styled female and a short-styled female flower, often called the gall flower. All three types of flower are contained within the structure we usually think of as the fruit.
The female fig wasp enters a fig and lays its eggs on the short styled female flowers while pollinating the long styled female flowers. Wingless male fig wasps emerge first, inseminate the emerging females and then bore exit tunnels out of the fig for the winged females. Females emerge, collect pollen from the male flowers and fly off in search of figs whose female flowers are receptive. In order to support a population of its pollinator, individuals of a Ficus spp. must flower asynchronously. A population must exceed a critical minimum size to ensure that at any time of the year at least some plants have overlap of emmission and reception of fig wasps. Without this temporal overlap the short-lived pollinator wasps will go locally extinct[
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Global Invasive Species Database
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http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/
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Very detailed information on almost 400 species (with more being added) of plants that have become weeds in areas outside their native range.
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Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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Author
 
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http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
]. There are conflicting reports on the edibility of the fruit, ranging from 'inedible' to 'very good'. People's opinions can vary, but it should be remembered that the appetities of hungry people frequently become voracious, and not too discriminating[
601
Title
The Useful Native Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Maiden J.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Turner & Co.; London.
Year
1889
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of the uses of many Australian plants and other species naturalised, or at least growing, in Australia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The globular fruit is about 10 - 30mm in diameter[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bark contains a strong fibre[
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Title
The Useful Native Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Maiden J.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Turner & Co.; London.
Year
1889
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of the uses of many Australian plants and other species naturalised, or at least growing, in Australia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The light yellow wood is soft[
601
Title
The Useful Native Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Maiden J.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Turner & Co.; London.
Year
1889
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of the uses of many Australian plants and other species naturalised, or at least growing, in Australia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. No used are recorded for it.

Propagation

Seed -

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