Ficus in the New Hebrides

E. J. H. Corner
1975 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences  
The fig-flora of the New Hebrides (17 species including two endemics F. aspera and F. granatum) is disappointing in comparison with neighbouring island-groups. It con sists mainly of immigrant species, 8 of affinity with New Guinea, 6 with Polynesia, and one uncertain connexion with New Caledonia ( subulata and storckii var. storckii are recorded for the first time. The unity of the fig-flora sets the limit for over seas dispersal of Ficus at ca. 100 km. It is concluded that the New Guinea
more » ... the New Guinea element reached the islands by a relatively late connexion with the Melanesian Foreland, not by way of the Solomons, and that the Polynesian connexion was southerly as along the H unter Ridge. The paucity of endemism is attributed to the lack of pachycaul immi grants. A field-key is given for identification. Collections are listed for all species.
doi:10.1098/rstb.1975.0092 fatcat:22uqogtbxjhc3a27ptm7cs7xli