Ficus abutilifolia (Miq.)Miq.

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Ficus abutilifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero, nr Bushman's Point

Ficus abutilifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero, nr Bushman's Point

Ficus abutilifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero, nr Bushman's Point

Ficus abutilifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
By dam at Nduna Lodge, Malilangwe Wildlif Reserve.

Ficus abutilifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mandavu Dam picnic area, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Ficus picta Sim
Ficus soldanella Warb.
Common names: Large-leaved rock fig (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark smooth and creamy-white, the trunk twisted and branching low; leaves alternate, hairless, leathery, almost circular, veins yellow-green conspicuous. The figs are borne singly or in small groups, axillary or on bare branches, green with cream spots, turning red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: abutilifolia: with leaves like an Abutilon
Habitat: In rocky areas of bushveld and woodland. It typically scrambles over rocks, growing from cracks and crevices, eventually splitting the rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1360 m
Flowering time:Aug - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, lithophyte, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Elisabethiella comptoni (Fig pollinator)
Nigeriella fusciceps (Wasp pollinator)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 5 April 2006

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 234. As Ficus soldanella

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 88.


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JSTOR Plant Science: Ficus abutilifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ficus abutilifolia
Tropicos: Ficus abutilifolia
West African Plants database: Ficus abutilifolia

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: Species information: Ficus abutilifolia., retrieved 25 May 2016

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