A large spreading buttressed fig with smooth light brown bark. Prolific fruiting on lower trunk and large branches is characteristic. Fruits ripen to brown with lighter speckles. Common along the coast and river forests on alluvial soils in North Queensland wet tropics and Cape York Peninsula.
Complex and semi-deciduous meso/notophyll vine forests.
Phenology of Ficus variegata in a Seasonal Wet Tropical Forest at Cape Tribulation, Australia, by Hugh Spencer, George Weiblen and Brigitta Flick © 1996 Blackwell Publishing.
We studied the phenology of 198 mature trees of the dioecious fig Ficus variegata Blume (Moraceae) in a seasonally wet tropical rain forest at Cape Tribulation, Australia, from March 1988 to February 1993.