Ficus bubu Warb.

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Ficus bubu

Photo: Mark Hyde
Road 213 from Inhamitanga to Chupanga

Ficus bubu

Photo: Mark Hyde
Inhamitanga Forest, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Ficus kyimbilensis Mildbr.
Ficus pachypleura Warb.
Common names: Bubu fig (English) Sulphur-barked fig (English)
Status: Native
Semi-deciduous tree, to 30 m tall, hemi-epiphytic or terrestrial. Bark typically pale, sulphur green to white. Leaves 10-28 × 6-10 cm, elliptic to oblong or subcircular, leathery, glossy, glabrous; apex rounded to broadly acute; petiole 3.5-10 cm long. Fruit borne on short (c. 10 mm long) spine-like, forward-pointing spurs on the main branches and trunk. Receptacle ± spherical, up to c. 3 cm long and 3.5 cm in diameter, mid-green with yellowish spots.
Derivation of specific name: bubu: possibly a local name for this fig in the DRC
Habitat: In a wide range of habitats from high rainfall woodland, evergreen forest to riverine vegetation and lake-sides.
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Worldwide distribution: From the Ivory Coast to tropical East Africa, extending southwards to Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Images last updated: Thursday 7 September 2017

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 73 - 74.

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 241 - 244. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 138.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ficus bubu., retrieved 17 January 2018

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