Ficus rigo

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Ficus rigo

Description

Tree up to c. 15 m tall, (secondarily?) terrestrial, without copious aerial roots on the branches. internal hairs absent. Leaves spirally arranged; stipules 1-1.5 cm long, glabrous, caducous. Ovary whitish.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Eastern: present
Malesia: New Guinea (eastern)

Taxonomy

This taxon was included in F. microcarpa as a variety, as it matches more or less features of eastern forms of that species. However, it seems to be wiser to maintain it as a distinct species, although on the basis of a combination of rather weak differentiating characters: the midrib flat above, the stipules 1-1.5 cm long, the ripe figs yellow to orange at maturity, and the absence of internal hairs.

Citation

Summerh. - in J. Arnold Arbor. 1929: 146
Corner - in Gard. Bull. Singapore. 1965: 23