Ficus natalensis Hochst.
subsp. graniticola J.E. Burrows

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Ficus natalensis subsp. graniticola

Photo: Mark Hyde
Gosho Park

Ficus natalensis subsp. graniticola

Photo: Rob Burrett

Ficus natalensis subsp. graniticola

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pokoteke Gorge, near Masvingo

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Common names: Granite-boulder natal fig (English) Kopje fig (English) Mutsamvi (English)
Status: Native
Subsp. graniticola differs from Ficus natalensis subsp. natalensis, in its leathery, often grey-green leaves, the often truncate leaf apices and the larger fruit which are yellow when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa; graniticola: in places where granite occurs
Habitat: In rocky places
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1750 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Insects associated with this species: Asota speciosa (Larval foodplant)
Glyphodes stolalis (Larval food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 28 August 2010

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 181 - 184. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 145.

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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ficus natalensis subsp. graniticola., retrieved 24 April 2024

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