Ficus bubu Warb.

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Ficus bubu

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Road 213 from Inhamitanga to Chupanga

Ficus bubu

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Inhamitanga Forest, Mozambique

Ficus bubu

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Khodzue Caves, Cheringoma

Ficus bubu

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Khodzue caves and gorges sytem, Cheringoma.

Ficus bubu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue River Gorge, Cheringoma

Ficus bubu

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue River Gorge, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Ficus kyimbilensis Mildbr.
Ficus pachypleura Warb.
Common names: Bubu fig (English) Sulphur-barked fig (English)
Description: 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
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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
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Image 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).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 82. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

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

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 166.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 63.

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Flora of Malawi: Ficus bubu
Flora of Mozambique: Ficus bubu
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ficus bubu

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus bubu
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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: Species information: Ficus bubu., retrieved 1 June 2023

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