PNGTreesKey – Ficus nodosa Teijsm. & Binn.
Barry Conn (NSW) & Kipiro Damas (LAE).
Guide to trees of Papua New Guinea
Copyright held by the authors, National Herbarium of New South Wales, and Papua New Guinea National Herbarium
Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch-Indië Vol. 29: 245 (1867)
Other Literature: C.C. Berg & E.J.H. Corner, Flora Malesiana, Series 1 343-345 (2005) Fig. 57-(a-f, map 7)-58.
Timber Group: Occasional timber species Tradename: Fig
Field Characters: Large canopy tree (up to 30 m high); Bole cylindrical or markedly fluted (up to c. 60 cm diam.); straight or slightly crooked; buttresses buttresses present (buttresses up to 2 m high); spines spines absent; aerial roots aerial roots absent; stilt roots stilt roots absent; Bark grey or brown (pale (mottled), smooth; Subrhytidome (under-bark) green; less than 25 mm thick, 2.0-4.0; bark blaze consisting of one layer; faintly to non-aromatic; outer blaze pale brown, markings absent; inner blaze pale brown, markings absent; bark exudate (sap) present, white/milky, flowing, colour not changing on exposure to air, sticky; terminal buds enclosed by leaves.
Indumentum: Complex hairs absent; stinging hairs present; mature twig indumentum (hairs) absent.
Leaves: Leaves spaced along branches, spiral (leaves occurring singly at a node and arranged spirally up the branchlet), simple (a leaf composed of a single blade); petiole present, not winged, attached to base of leaf blade, not swollen; leaves broadest below middle, (7.0-) 10.0-38.0 cm, (4.0-) 7.0-30.0 cm; symmetric, serrate to dentate (toothed) (juvenile leaves on samplings) or entire, not dissected or lobed, acuminate, sub acute, or obtuse, venation pinnate, secondary veins open, prominent, intramarginal veins absent; leaves lower surface dull pale green, upper surface green (dull (to subglossy), indumentum (hairs) absent or present, indumentum (hairs) dense or sparse; absent; domatia absent (but with cystoliths present on lower surface); stipules present, joined, joined across twigs, encircling the twig, leafy, not fringed, large (8-30 mm long), less often persistent or not persistent.
Flowers: Inflorescence on the trunk or branches (synconia/figs cauliflorous), flowers on an unbranched axis (flowers forming a synconium/fig) or flowers on a branched axis (synconia/figs on branched axes up to 60 cm long), cones absent; flowers unisexual, unisexual with male and female flowers on the same plant, stalked (flowers shortly pedicellate; synconium/fig with peduncle 5-15 mm long) or not stalked (flowers initially sessile or subsessile), flowers completely asymmetric, with one plane of symmetry (male and female flowers), or with many planes of symmetry (by misinterpretation (synconium/fig), 1.5 (c.) mm long, diameter small (up to10 mm diam.) (up to c. 1 mm diam.); perianth present, with all sepals and/or petals (hence tepals) similar (membranous), inner perianth pale green or cream-coloured; 1-3, free; stamens 1 (male flowers), present, free of the perianth; ovary superior, carpels solitary, locules 1; styles solitary (female flowers) or absent (male flowers), 1.
Fruits: Infrutescence arranged on unbranched axis (syconium/fig), fruit 15.0-25.0 mm long, 15.0-30.0 mm diam., yellow, brown, or purple, not spiny, fleshy, syconium (fig), indehiscent, achene or syconium (fig); seeds 100, barely visible (to 1 mm long) (less than 1 mm long), not winged, broad (as wide as long), seed less than 1 mm diam.
Distribution: West Sepik, East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, Western, Gulf, Central, Northern, Milne Bay, New Britain, New Ireland & Bougainville.
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