Ficus fischeri Mildbr. & Burret

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Ficus fischeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Ficus fischeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Ficus fischeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Ficus fischeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Ficus kiloneura Hornby
Common names: Muwonde (Manyika name for various figs) (Shona) Poplar-leaved fig (English)
Frequency: Rare; only 1 tree known in the wild
Status: Native
Description:
Medium to large deciduous tree, often starting epiphytically but often becoming terrestrial and free-standing. Leaves ovate to broadly ovate, 8-15 cm, dark to bright olive green above, paler below, thinly leathery, hairless; base truncate to shallowly cordate; veins yellowish, midrib raised below; margin entire. Fruits singly or in pairs in the leaf axils or on old leaf scars, pedunculate, subspherical, c. 20 mm, sometimes with small warts or minute reddish hairs, yellowish green.
Notes: In Zimbabwe it is confined to a sandstone escarpment near the Chirinda Forest.
Derivation of specific name: fischeri: named after Dr Gustav Fischer (1848-1886), German doctor and naturalist, who collected in Kenya and Tanzania
Habitat: In miombo and mixed decidous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia (Caprivi), D.R. Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
Insects associated with this species: Elisabethiella platyscapa (Pollinated by this insect)
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Images last updated: Friday 7 April 2006
Literature:

Berg C.C. & Wiebes J.T. (1992). African fig trees and fig wasps. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. Amsterdam

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

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 219.


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Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Ficus fischeri
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ficus fischeri
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West African Plants database: Ficus fischeri


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 fischeri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120290, retrieved 8 December 2016

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