Moreton Bay Fig
(Ficus macrophylla)

crucifix orchid

The Moreton Bay Fig is a rainforest tree, and in that habitat it can be a 'strangler fig' - with it's seed setting high in the canopy and it's roots reaching right down to the ground, eventually growing to a stage that strangle it's host and stands alone. It can grow to 50m with wide buttressed roots.

However, many beautiful specimens have grown in the open, both on the Mountain and elsewhere on the coast. In this habitat, they do not reach the heights that they do in the rainforest, but become wide spreading shade trees with wide buttresses, like the one shown above.

They are very thirsty trees and can be very invasive of domestic drainage systems. Not to be recommended on a suburban quarter acre block!

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