1961.000 Ficus L. - Figs

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

Description of the genus

Monoecious or dioecious, trees, shrubs, lianes or epiphytes. Latex milky, rarely watery. Stipules fully or partly amplexicaul or lateral. Leaves almost always alternate, rarely subopposite or subwhorled; lamina with glandular spots in the axils of at least the basal lateral veins beneath or at the base of the midrib beneath. Figs solitary or in pairs, occurring in the leaf axils, or on short spurs on the lesser branches or on leafless branches on the older wood and trunk. Figs composed of an urceolate receptacle with an apical opening (ostiole), the flowers enclosed within. Male flowers: perianth segments 2-6; stamens 1-3. Female flowers: perianth segments 2-6(-7), stigmas 1 or 2. Fruits achene-like or more often ± drupaceous; at the fruiting stage the fig wall becomes ± fleshy.

Although most species start as epiphytes or lithophytes, trees can only mature when rooted into nutrient rich soil. Such soils occur in riverine alluvium, termite mounds, and crumbling buildings. Pollination is brought about by symbiotic wasps (Family Agaonidae). The wasps are species specific to their host trees. While figs are produced predominantly in the growing season (Sep-Mar) they may be found at any time of the year, a necessary condition in order to maintain the wasp populations. Individual fig trees bear figs either irregularly or at periods of more or less than twelve months.

Derivation of name: the classical Latin name for a fig.

Worldwide: c. 750 species in tropical and warm regions

Zimbabwe: 29 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Botyodes asialis Larval foodplant
Gonimbrasia belina (Mopane moth, Mopane worm, Anomalous emperor) Larval foodplant
Ficus microcarpa

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

altissima BlumeImage
benghalensis L.Image
benjamina L. var. benjamina Description
benjamina L. var. nuda (Miq.) BarrettDescription, Image
binnendykii Miq. var. binnendykii Image
bubu Warb.Description, Image
burkei (Miq.) Miq.Description, Image
carica L.Image
craterostoma Mildbr. & BurretDescription, Image
cyathistipula Warb. subsp. cyathistipula Description, Image
dicranostyla Mildbr. Description, Image
elastica Roxb. ex Hornem.Description, Image
ingens (Miq.) Miq.Description, Image
lutea VahlDescription, Image
lyrata Warb.Description, Image
macrophylla Desf. ex Pers.Description
microcarpa L.f.Description, Image
obliqua G. Forst.
ottoniifolia (Miq.) Miq. subsp. macrosyce C.C.Berg Description, Image
pumila L.Description, Image
religiosa L.Description, Image
sagittata Vahl
sansibarica Warb. subsp. sansibarica Description, Image
sur Forssk.Description, Image
triangularis hort.
trichopoda BakerDescription, Image
usambarensis Warb. Description, Image
virens Aiton
welwitschii Warb.

Other sources of information about Ficus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ficus
Flora of Caprivi: Ficus
Flora of Malawi: Ficus
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Ficus
Flora of Mozambique: Ficus
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Ficus
Flora of Zambia: Ficus
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Ficus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ficus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ficus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ficus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ficus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Ficus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ficus
JSTOR Plant Science: Ficus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ficus
Plants of the World Online: Ficus
Tropicos: Ficus
Wikipedia: Ficus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Ficus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=471, retrieved 4 October 2023

Site software last modified: 12 October 2020 10:30pm (GMT +2)
Terms of use