Ficus tettensis Hutch.

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Ficus tettensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Old Runde Bridge, Mwenedzi

Ficus tettensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Old Runde Bridge, Mwenedzi

Ficus tettensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Old Runde Bridge, Mwenedzi

Ficus tettensis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Ficus tettensis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

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Synonyms: Ficus smutsii I. Verd.
Common names: Ibozane (Ndebele) Inkiwanyane (Ndebele) Mudohonya (Shona) Small-leaved rock fig (English) Umkululu (Ndebele) Umpayamputsane (Ndebele)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small deciduous tree commonly growing as a lithophytic rock-splitter. Bark pale yellow to cream, smooth and flaking. Leaves very broadly ovate to kidney-shaped, often broader than long, up to c. 10 cm long, light green with long silvery hairs above, densely silvery velvety below, particularly when young; base broadly cordate; margin entire to irregularly and markedly wavy. Fruits in pairs in the leaf axils or on bare branches below the leaves, subsessile, almost round, 8-11 mm in diameter, covered in small small warts, green to reddish when ripe.
Notes: Similar in general habit to the other typical rock-splitters: F. glumosa, which has larger, narrower leaves and larger fruits, and F. abutilifolia, which has much larger, hairless leaves.
Derivation of specific name: tettensis: of Tete in Mozambique, where Sir John Kirk collected the type specimen
Habitat: In dry areas on rock faces and outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1310 m
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Guinee to Ethiopia and Somalia, South to Northern Namibia, Botswana, Northwest Province and northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 4 February 2015
Literature:

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Page 61.

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

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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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 tettensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120420, retrieved 25 August 2016

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