Ficus obliqua, commonly known as the small-leaved fig, is a tree native
to eastern Australia, New Guinea, eastern Indonesia to Sulawesi and
islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is a banyan of the genus
Ficus, which contains around 750 species worldwide in warm climates,
including the edible fig. Beginning life as a seedling, which grows on
other plants (epiphyte) or on rocks (lithophyte), F. obliqua can grow
to 60 m (200 ft) high and nearly as wide with a pale grey buttressed
trunk, and glossy green leaves. The small round yellow fruit ripen and
turn red at any time of year, although they peak in autumn and winter
(April to July). Known as a syconium, the fruit is an inverted
inflorescence with the flowers aligning an internal cavity. F. obliqua
is pollinated by two species of fig wasp—Pleistodontes greenwoodi and
P. xanthocephalus. Many species of bird, including pigeons, parrots and
various passerines, eat the fruit. It is used as a shade tree in parks
and public spaces, and is well-suited for use as an indoor plant or in
bonsai. All parts of the tree have been used in traditional medicine in
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Southern Song court.
Swiss Reformation leader Huldrych Zwingli was killed in battle
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American Revolutionary War: The British Royal Navy defeated
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1. A smaller system which is representative of or analogous to a larger
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