Ficus sansibarica Warb.
subsp. sansibarica

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Ficus sansibarica subsp. sansibarica

Photo: Mark Hyde
50, Borrowdale Road, Harare

Ficus sansibarica subsp. sansibarica

Photo: Mark Hyde
50, Borrowdale Road, Harare

Ficus sansibarica subsp. sansibarica

Photo: Mark Hyde
50, Borrowdale Road, Harare

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Synonyms: Ficus delagoensis Sim
Ficus langenburgii Warb.
Common names: Large-fruited fig (English)
Status: Native
A tree to 20 m. tall, starting as an epiphyte. Leaves: petiole 2-5.5 cm; lamina usually oblong to lanceolate, often less than 10 cm, glabrous; margin entire. Figs 2-4 together on short branched, cushion-shaped spurs or on straight or curved spurs, borne on the old wood. Fig-bearing spurs up to 3.5 (-5) cm. long. Figs 2-6 cm in diameter when fresh, 1.5-3 cm when dry; puberulous, wrinkled, greenish becoming purplish at maturity.
Derivation of specific name: sansibarica: from Zanzibar
Habitat: In riverine forest or miombo woodland at lower altitudes.
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Sunday 24 August 2014

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 72 - 73.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 148.

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


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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ficus sansibarica subsp. sansibarica

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ficus sansibarica subsp. sansibarica., retrieved 19 February 2018

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