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Ficus crassiramea

Collared fig   Moraceae

 

Collared fig, Ficus crassiramea

 

Collared fig, Ficus crassiramea

It was found from Myanmar to the Solomon Islands and was common in Malaya, sometimes found in towns and villages. It was wrongly called Ficus procera in the past.

Features: It is considered a strangling fig that can grow large. Leaves elliptical, stiff and leathery (15-20cm long). New leaves are sheated in dark pink stipules. The figs grow in leaf axils (1.5-1.8cm wide) and ripen to a brilliant orange. The figs can take six months to ripen. According to Corners, the figs are half covered or more by large, shiny, hard, resinous yellow bracts at the base. Bark pinkish brown.
Fruits are borne in clusters on the trunk and branches, and are edible.

Status and threats: It is listed as 'Critically Endangered' in the Red List of threatened plants of Singapore.

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