could maybe be this, Stephen:
Sandpaper Fig or Creek Sandpaper Fig
The branches and leaves of this small tree are densely hairy and rough. The
round figs are also hairy, turning purple purple-black when mature, ripening in
January through to June.
Where it is found
The Sandpaper Fig grows along creeks, in rainforest and open country and
occasionally in sheltered rocky areas. In New South Wales the fig is found on
the coast, tablelands and western slopes. It also occurs in Queensland, Victoria
and the Northern Territory.
The tasty fig is best when ripe and with the hairy outer skin removed. Native
figs form part of the diet of many groups of Aboriginal people throughout
mainland Australia. All figs are edible but some taste much better than others.
Some figs are eaten raw, while others are pounded into a paste and mixed with
water and honey.
Sap from the plant can be applied to wounds to promote healing.
Rough leaves can be used as sandpaper.
The Aboriginal people of the Sydney region at the yellow fruits of the Port
Jackson Fig (Ficus rubiginosa) raw or in a cake. The wood of this species was
also used for shield-making.
The leafís very, very coarse like sandpaper. Then the fruitís a darky red colour
or off-brownish colour, itís ready to eat.
Quoting Stephen Vincent <[log in to unmask]>:
> Interesting query, Doug. San Francisco is full of primarily imported trees.
> Orginally this penisula was quite barren - sand dunes, rocky et al. So the
> sidewalks and back yard and parks are a various bounty of different kinds
> including¬† lot of Australian imports, What I call sycamores - and the ones I
> draw on for the tree haptics - my partner insists are something that sounds
> like 'fiscus' from Oz, but I been too busy looking, rather than call the City
> and get the real name!¬† Except for the Acacia that fouls me with allergies
> when it blossoms - as it starts in February - I love my City trees in all
> their kind, shapes, sizes, colors. Good walking companions, too.
> --- On Tue, 3/16/10, Douglas Barbour <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Douglas Barbour <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: ‚ÄúHow the poem is born,‚ÄĚ new work - just published
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 8:55 AM
> And very neat it is, Stephen. But I wonder: did you find some really
> interesting trees there? Arent there boring ones? A problem for some,
> perhaps; or of the 'reading' eye, yours obviously keen.
> On 15-Mar-10, at 3:20 PM, Stephen Vincent wrote:
> > Yes, to back up Peter here, the current issue of Elecsographia has just
> gone up - including my very own "Tree Haptics" with a little essay, as well
> Douglas Barbour
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