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Ficus barteri Sprague

Family Name: Moraceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Epiphyte Lithophyte Tree


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Tree (Shrubby (1m-5m), Small (6m-15m)), Epiphyte, Lithophyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution West & Tropical Africa
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A shrub or small tree up to 10 m tall.
Foliage The spirally arranged leaves are leathery and smooth, lanceolate to elliptic, measuring 10-30 cm long and 1.5-7 cm wide. Leaf tips are usually pointed. The main vein is prominent while the side veins are less visible.
Fruits Fruits are borne in leaf axils, globose, about 1-1.5 cm in diameter, orange yellow when ripe.
Habitat Riverine and swamp areas up to 1,200 m altitude.

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Leathery
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Orange, Yellow / Golden

Image Repository



Master ID 1605
Species ID 2898
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.