Ficus superba Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi 2: 200 (1866)
Species name meaning 'outstanding, or superb'.
Ficus petiolata Reinw. ex Miq.
Ficus tenuipes S.Moore
Urostigma accedens Miq.
Urostigma superbum Miq.
A hemiepiphytic, strangler tree that can grow to 35 metres tall in the best sites, or a
smaller spreading tree on exposed rocky slopes. The bark is grey or reddish brown. Rough
with scales, cracks and vertical bumps. White sap appears when a branch is cut. Leaves are
alternate, simple and entire, 8 to 12 centimetres long and 2 to 5 centimetres wide, oval
or elliptical in shape, mostly with a short blunt tip, and rounded at the base or heart
shaped. The leaf midrib is sunken on the upper surface and raised below. The mature fig
changes to a purplish colour with pink dots, globular in shape, 25 millimetres in diameter.
The habitat is riverine, littoral or the drier forms of rainforest. The figs eaten by a large
variety of birds.
The fruit is considered edible for humans, but it is not particularly palatable. A decorative
tree with a short deciduous period, it is suitable for parks and large gardens where the
generous fruiting attracts birds.
From Southern China and Japan into Indochina all the way to Australia.
English: Sea fig, Deciduous fig, Ceddar fig.