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Curtain Fig • Ficus virens
Commonly known as the ‘Curtain Figs’ (Ficus virens), like all figs they have edible fruit. Found in the subtropical rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands of Queensland, it is also the dominant specie in the subtropical rainforest of north eastern New South Wales.

Also referred to as the ‘Strangler Fig’, the Curtain Fig send roots to the forest floor, but in a particularly dramatic type of growth, the host tree falls against another tree, which enable the Curtain Fig to capture that tree with its roots. This can happen several times, creating the ‘curtain’ effect with the roots.

Australia has many fine example of Stranglers Figs including the Curtain Fig Tree (Ficus virens) at Yungaburra, Queensland.

Scientific Name Common name Where Found
Ficus virens Curtain Fig (another type of Strangler Fig) Subtropical rainforest of north eastern New South Wales.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Moraceae
Genus Ficus
Species: F. virens
Binomial name: Ficus virens

Ficus Virens • Other links

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
• Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland, TROPICAL NORTH QLD • Ph/Fax: 07 4095 3754 • Email
• Check out the info on the Curtain Fig Tree.
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