Strangling Fig

Family:
Moraceae
Origin:
Asia, Australia, New Caledonia

General description

Scrambling epiphytic shrub that eventually grows into a tall tree. It is often found growing as a climber, which eventually strangles its host plant. A species-specific wasp (Euprestina verticillata Waterst.) is necessary for pollination. The fruit contains many small seeds that can germinate in the ground or as epiphytes.

Birds spread the fruit.

It is expected to naturalise readily once its pollinator wasp reaches New Zealand, with potentially significant impacts in indigenous forest areas (specifically coastal).

Site management

Recommended approaches

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
strangling fig - Main species image