Ficus bussei Mildbr. & Burret

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Ficus bussei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Long Pool Viewing Point, Mana Pools

Ficus bussei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Long Pool Viewing Point, Mana Pools

Ficus bussei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools

Ficus bussei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Ficus bussei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Synonyms: Ficus zambesiaca Hutch.
Common names: Busse's fig (English) N'thowe (Shona) Zambezi fig (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Medium to large evergreen or briefly deciduous tree, often starting epiphytically as a strangler. Bark smoothish, grey-brown, finely fissured and flaking on the lower stem of old trees; latex present. Leaves clustered near the ends of branches, oblong-lanceolate, elliptic to somewhat obovate or ovate, 10-30 cm, dark olive green above, paler below, usually hairless or finely hairy on the veins; base cordate with the lobes sometimes overlapping the petiole; veins yellowish, prominently raised below; margin entire, slightly rolled under. Fruits Figs in pairs in the leaf axils, pedunculate, rarely or on bare twigs, subspherical, c. 30 mm in diameter, green and warty, yellowish when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: bussei: named after W. Busse, German agricultural officer and collector in Tanganyika (now Tanzania).
Habitat: On sandy and alluvial soils along the major river valleys and in coastal areas.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Along the East African coast from Somalia to Mozambique,Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 3 December 2011
Literature:

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Page 58.

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


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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 bussei.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120230, retrieved 10 December 2016

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