Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Rosales

Moraceae - Fig family

Berg, C.C. (1991) Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6)

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003) Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or herbs (Dorstenia only), dioecious or monoecious; sap milky, very occasionally watery (e.g. in Ficus capreifolia). Stipules present. Leaves alternate, rarely subopposite or subwhorled. Inflorescence unisexual or bisexual. Male flowers: tepals 2-6 perianth 0; stamens 1-4. Female flowers: tepals 2-6 perianth 0; pistil 1; stigmas 1 or 2.

Comment: We have followed the taxonomy of Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003).

Worldwide: 38 genera and 1100 species, mostly in warm or tropical areas but with a few in temperate zones.

Zimbabwe: 7 genera and 42 taxa.

Insects associated with this family:
Cyrestis camillus (African map or -porcelain) Food plant
Naroma varipes (Figtree moth) Food plant
Ficus abutilifolia

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Dorstenia L.Description, Image
Ficus L.Description, Image
Maclura Nutt.Description, Image
Milicia SimDescription
Morus L.Description, Image
Streblus Lour.
Trilepisium Thouars

Other sources of information about Moraceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Moraceae
Flora of Caprivi: Moraceae
Flora of Malawi: Moraceae
Flora of Mozambique: Moraceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Moraceae
Flora of Zambia: Moraceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Moraceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Moraceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Moraceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Moraceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=142, retrieved 29 August 2016

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