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Some kind of ficus. Any ideas

Postby Thymetraveller » May 6th, 2018, 4:24 pm

At the end of my street. I posted this tree a while ago to show off it's incredible roots. Hopped over for some cuttings today. Can anyone tell me what it is?
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Re: Some kind of ficus. Any ideas

Postby shibui » May 6th, 2018, 4:57 pm

It is difficult to tell different figs apart but this one seems to have most of the attributes I would associate with Ficus rubiginosa and your location would also tie in with that species. I think F. obliqua may also grow in your area and looks quite similar.
I see it has some figs too. I was told that the shape of the hole at the end of the fruit is one of the important features between the features. Did you see any ripe ones? Ficus grow really well from seed and seedlings tend to get a swollen base quite quickly.
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Re: Some kind of ficus. Any ideas

Postby Kevin » May 6th, 2018, 5:04 pm

Hello TT,

You have some good samples there.
If it's a NSW native which it probably is the Website PlantNET (attached below) has a very good ID 'Key' for you to accurately ID.
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-b ... name=Ficus

Looking from here and referring to the 'Key' it looks like a Port Jackson. As an aside it's not the macrocarpa 'Hillii' as from memory they have a very minimal fruit stalk.

Have a Look and let us know.
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Re: Some kind of ficus. Any ideas

Postby Shaady » May 9th, 2018, 10:22 pm

To correctly ID a fig species accurately you will need to compare a few main features. Leaf size/shape/texture, stipule (leaf sheath protecting new leaves) and petiole (leaf stalk) lengths as well as the fruit size/shape/colour. All those considered as stated earlier it is almost certainly either rubiginosa or obliqua. both are closely related but as the underside of the leaves don't appear to be a rusty color or have white hairs I would suggest it could be obliqua.
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Re: Some kind of ficus. Any ideas

Postby bonborn » May 9th, 2018, 11:44 pm

Ficus platypoda – Rock Fig
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