Ficus ottoniifolia (Miq.) Miq.
subsp. macrosyce C.C.Berg

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Ficus ottoniifolia subsp. macrosyce

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Near Kanampamba Dambo, Mwinilunga, Sailunga.

Ficus ottoniifolia subsp. macrosyce

Photo: Mike Bingham
Zambezi Rapids.

Ficus ottoniifolia subsp. macrosyce

Photo: Mike Bingham
Zambezi Rapids.

Ficus ottoniifolia subsp. macrosyce

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, grown from seed collected from Solwezi.

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Description: A tree of medium size, or a liane, initially an epiphyte. Leaves arranged in spirals, lamina 8−16 × 3−7 cm, usually broadest in the middle, apex acuminate, base emarginated to subcordate, chartaceous. Figs 1 to several together on spurs in the branches or sometimes on the trunk; receptacle ovoid to subglobose, 2.5−4 cm in diameter.
Notes: Cultivated in the National Botanic Garden in Harare.
Derivation of specific name: ottoniifolia: leaves resembling those of Ottonia (= Piper)macrosyce: large fig
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Northwestern Zambia, Katanga, Angola and northern Namibia.
Growth form(s): Tree, liane.
Insects associated with this species: Courtella camerunensis (Pollinated by this insect)
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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 Pages 233 - 236. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus ottoniifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ficus ottoniifolia
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Wikipedia: Ficus ottoniifolia

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 ottoniifolia subsp. macrosyce., retrieved 2 December 2023

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