Climbing plant, clinging to walls and structures by stem roots. Leaves appearing paired, of 2 kinds. Younger leaves and those of sterile branches small, mostly 1-3 cm long, more or less ovate with an unequal heart-shaped base and less than 5 vein pairs, the surface puckered. Mature leaves and those of fruiting branches much longer, mostly 5-10 cm and more or less elliptic, not heart-shaped at base. Vein pairs mostly more than 5. Fruits solitary, axillary, hairy, to 6 cm long, elongated and eventually becoming violet. [F. stipulata Thunb.]
Naturalised in Queensland and NSW as a garden escape.
F. sagittata Vahl 'Variegata', Trailing Fig is occasionaly sold as a climbing or trailing plant; it differs from F. pumila in having leaves about 5 cm long with an equal base. [F. radicans Desf. 'Variegata']
Source: (1997). Moraceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.