Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Ficus fistulosa

Commonly known as Yellow Stem Fig, it is native to countries from northeastern India, southern China to New Guinea, Borneo, Sarawak, Sabah, and East-Kalimantan.

This evergreen tree is medium-sized, growing to about 10 to 15m to form a loosely arranged crown. It has a straight trunk with smooth bark. The colour of the bark ranges from light grey to yellowish. The young twigs are hollow and easily broken to produce a white sap. 

The leaves of the Yellow Stem Fig are alternate and simple and have a leaf tip. The young leaves are pale pink in colour.

The figs are pear-shaped, about 2.5cm wide, and borne on long stalks in clusters. These originate from woody knows on the tree trunk or branches. When ripen, the fruits change colour from yellow to green-yellow. The flowers of the Yellow Stem Fig are found within the figs and monoecious, meaning that male and female flowers are found in figs of different trees.

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