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Family: MORACEAE 

 Ficus rubiginosa
 
 
Author:   René Louiche Desfontaines, 1803
Family:  Moraceae
Origin:  Eastern Australia
Soil:  Rich Soil to Rocks
Water:  Plenty
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  150 Centimetres
Height:  30 Metres
Flower:  Green
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  The Port Jackson Fig, Little-leaf Fig, Rusty Fig
Synonyms:  Matsosuke rubiginosa, Raf., 1838. Urostigma rubiginosa, Gasp., 1884. Ficus australis Willd., 1806. Ficus baileyana Domin, 1921. Ficus leichhardtii Miq.,1867. Ficus leichhardtii var. angustata Miq.,1867. Ficus macrophylla var. pubescens F.M. Bailey, 1911. Ficus obliqua var. petiolaris Corner,1960. Ficus platypoda var. angustata Corner 1965. Ficus platypoda var. leichhardtii R.F.J. Hend.,1993. Ficus platypoda var. mollis Benth.,1873. Ficus platypoda var. petiolaris Benth., 1873. Ficus platypoda var. subacuminata Benth., 1873). Ficus rubiginosa var. lucida Maiden 1902. Ficus rubiginosa var. variegata Guilf., 1911. Ficus shirleyana Domin, 1921.
 
   This member of the Moraceae family was given this name by René Louiche Desfontaines in 1803. It is found from north Queensland southwards along the eastern coastline  to the south coast of New South Wales, growing in anything, even as epiphyte, with quite some water and little to lots of sun sun. The stem tend to slim up by age, but it can reach a meter and a half in diameter. The tree can grow to 30 meters height. The tiny, green flowers are pollinated by a symbiotic relationship with a fig gall wasp species; Pleistodontes imperialis, which lays its eggs in the fruits. It is a real easy plant to make cuttings.

Subspecies and variations: Ficus rubiginosa var. glabrescens F.M. Bailey, Ficus rubiginosa var. lucida Maiden 

The genera name originates from the old Latin name for Ficus carica. The species name related to the rusty coloration of the undersides of the leaves.

 
                                          The leaves.                                       A large tree by M. Ritter, J. Yost, J. Reimer and C. Stubler, Calpoly.edu.