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  Ficus vaccinioides Hemsl. & King
  Family Name : Moraceae

  Common Names : Creeping Fig

  Chinese Name : 越桔榕

Creeping Fig
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Creeper; Trailing)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      South Taiwan
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Coastal Forest), Shoreline
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a trailing or scrambling shrub with a prostrate growth form. 
      Foliage: The simple, obovate-elliptic leaves are 1-1.5 cm long and 0.4-0.7 cm wide, arranged alternately along the stem. The leaves are papery and have coarse hairs on the leaf upper surface. The lower leaf surface is covered with cystoliths. The leaf stipules are red and lanceolate in shape. 
      Stems: The stems are puberulent and root at the leaf nodes. 
      Fruits: The globose to ovoid fruits are about 1 cm in diameter, borne in the axillary leaf nodes and turn purple-black when ripe. The surface of the fruit is covered sparsely with coarse hairs. 
      Habitat :
      It grows on rocks in coastal forests and littoral thickets.
      Associated Fauna :
      Its flowers are pollinated by fig wasps, and the ripe figs are probably eaten by birds or small mammals.
      Cultivation :
      It can be propagated by seed and stem cuttings.
      Etymology :
      Latin Ficus, fig; Latin vaccinioides, resembling Vaccinium species (such as blueberries), referring to the dark purplish figs.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      It is suitable for growing as a groundcover, or on concrete retaining walls.
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Fruits
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Coastal, Beachfront / Shoreline, Green Roof, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Groundcover, Skyrise / Balcony, Hanging Basket
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water, Little Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Hairy / Hirsute, Papery
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Obovate; Elliptical)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Cuneate, Rounded / Obtuse
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Unisexual Flowers (Dioecious)
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Inflorescence Type :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Black, Purple
      Mature Fruit Texture(s) :
      Hairy / Hirsute
      Fruit Classification :
      Multiple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit (Accessory / False Fruit (Pseudocarp): Multiple Syconium (receptacle))

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