Ficus benjamina (Benjamina fig ) – Tube stock


Altitudinal range from near sea level to 250 m.
Grows in monsoon forest and drier, more seasonal rain forest.
Commonly cultivated as a large spreading shade tree.

10 in stock



A strangling fig or sometimes growing on rocks. Lenticels tending to be in horizontal lines.
Twigs and branches weeping but not as conspicuously as Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica). Dead bark yellowish brown when cut.

Petioles and twigs produce a milky exudate. Leaf blades about 3-12 x 1.5-6 cm. Stipules smooth about 1-2 cm long. Oil dots visible with a lens on both the upper and lower surfaces.

Male flowers dispersed throughout the fig. Stigma globose and hairy. Bracts at the base of the fig, three. Lateral bracts not present on the outside of the fig body.

Figs sessileglobular, about 10-12 x 10-12 mm. Orifice +/- closed by interlocking apical and internal bracts.

Cotyledons small, almost orbicular, about 2-3 mm long. Oil dots very small, difficult to see with a lens. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade lanceolateglabrous, veins about 12-20 each side of the midribintramarginal vein distinct; oil dots small, visible with a lens; stipules narrowly triangular, sheathing the terminal bud and falling early soon after the shoot expands. Seed germination time 13 to 34 days.


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