Christmas Island Botanical Postage Stamps
Date of issue: 21 August 1991
Designer: Jane Moore, Christmas Island
Printer: Leigh-Mardon Pty Ltd, Melbourne
Part of a series of four stamps on large trees
Plant: Ficus microcarpa
Jejawi, Malayan Banyan
A strangling spreading tree to 25 m tall, often starting life as an epiphyte or creeping shrub on exposed rocks.
On Christmas Island it is common in primary forest on the Plateau, or against rocks in exposed situations.
It occurs from Sri Lanka, India, through southern China and the Philippines to PNG and Australia.