ABOVE: Ficus maclellandii juvenile morph. This plant was cloned in the Netherlands  by taking a cutting from the “juvenile leaved”  mother plant  and sold in the UK as a house plant. These juvenile morphs sold as house plants are often labelled  as F. binnedijkii which also produces a similar juvenile morph.

Berg (2011) Leaf dimorphy in F. binnendijkii and F. maclellandii describes  how to tell the two species apart by looking for hairs at the base of the stipules which are present in F. maclellandii but absent in F. binnedijkii. In addition juvenile leaved F. binnendijkii usually have a very distinct pair of basal veins which are absent in F. maclellandii.

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Note the absence of any distinct basal veins in F. maclellandii
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Note the absence of any distinct basal veins in F. maclellandii
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The juvenile morph of F. binnendijkii has distinct basal  veins whilst  the juvenile morph of F. maclellandi have none. From Berg (2011).
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The orange arrow points to some hairs at the base of the stipule which are distinctive for F. maclellandi but absent on the stipules of F. binnendijki.