Large, spreading, evergreen tree that can be epiphytic when young. Aerial roots hang from the trunk and branches. Leaves are thick, leathery and elliptical. Flowers are tiny and borne in a fig-like, reddish enclosed inflorescence (syconium).
To help protect our environment:
Rocks, cliffs, hills, forest, floodplains, riparian areas, wetlands, mangroves, disturbed areas.
Seeds dispersed by birds and mammals.
Likely to compete with, strangle and prevent seedling establishment of native plants. May pose risk to vegetation communities on volcanic cones such as Rangitoto. May provide food resource to introduced mammals and birds.
Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.