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Ficus macrophylla, Ficus macrocarpa, Ficus magnolioides, Moreton Bay Fig

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Ficus macrophylla, Ficus macrocarpa, Ficus magnolioides
Family: Moraceae
Moreton Bay Fig
Origin: East Australia
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterSeaside, salt tolerant plant

When it is grown in an open area where it can spread, the Moreton Bay Fig may become as much as 150 feet wide; but crowded in its natural forest habitat--or near buildings in an urban setting--it tends to grow tall and narrow. The small dry fruits of the Moreton Bay Fig, like those of other figs; are actually composed of hundreds of tiny flowers completely enclosed within the inverted fleshy tissue of the receptacle upon which they rest. A tiny hole (called an ostiole) in the tip of the fruit allows minute symbiotic wasps, which pollinate and lay their eggs within the flowers, to enter and leave the structure.

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