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Ficus coronata - Spin.

Common Name Sandpaper Fig
Family Moraceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards Cut material weeps a milky latex material that can cause irritation.
Habitats In or near rainforests by the coast and adjoining plateaux[265]. Found in a wide range of habitats, including gullies, creeks, rainforests, open country and sheltered rocky areas (tooheyforesteec.eq.edu.au)
Range Australia - New South Wales.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ficus coronata Sandpaper Fig


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ficus coronata is a TREE growing to 12 m (39ft) by 4 m (13ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

F. muntia (link). F. stephanocarpa (Warb).

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Edible and palatable fruit 2cm in size eaten fresh (remove the furry skin) or dried that is green when unfertilised, and darkening to a purple/black when mature. Fruits ripen from January to June. Use cooked in cakes, pies, biscuits, jellies, jams or sauces. A very sweet fruit said to be the best tasting Australian fig (tuckerbush.com.au).

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Medicinal Uses

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In herbal medicine, the sap is applied to small sores and warts (tooheyforesteec.eq.edu.au).

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Other Uses

Hedge  Houseplant  Sandpaper  Soil stabilization

Leaves used as sandpaper. Aboriginal people traditionally used the leaves to smooth and polish weaponry, the bark to make string (tuckerbush.com.au). The fruit is a food plant for the caterpillars of the Queensland butterfly the common- or purple moonbeam (Philiris innotatus), the Australasian figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti), green catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris), olive-backed oriole (Oriolus sagittatus), topknot pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus), and grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). Tolerate heavy pruning. good hedge plant. A good canopy shade tree. An excellent bonsai or small indoor potted tree. Ideal for stream bank stabilization.

Special Uses

Hedge

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Cultivation details

A medium sized tree of up to 15m tall. It has rough, densely hairy branches and leaves. A hardy species, tolerating colder climates, poor soils, and poor light conditions. It does not tolerate frosts very well, particularly when young. Prefers plenty of light, space and moisture, in warmer climates free from frosts. An aggressive root system characteristic of Ficus species can cause issues with plumbing, concrete paths and structural foundations. Grows densely in full sun, less so in shade. Pollinated by co-dependant species of fig wasp. Low maintenance.

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Propagation

Fresh seeds, or cuttings taken from the growing tip of a live plant.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Sandpaper fig, Creek sandpaper fig. Ficus - from the Latin ficus, meaning “edible fruit”. coronata - from the Latin coronatus, meaning “crowned”, referring to the crown of bristles at the tip of the fig

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

East Coast Australia from Mackay in Central Queensland, through New South Wales and just into Victoria near Mallacoota.

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : In eastern Victoria, it is listed as "threatened" under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Tom   Tue Mar 31 2009

it was use as a sand paper for weapons and/or wooden utensils e.t.c

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