Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Rosales

Moraceae - Fig family

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 family

Trees, shrubs or herbs (Dorstenia only), dioecious or monoecious; sap milky, very occasionally watery (e.g. in Ficus capreifolia). Stipules present. Leaves alternate, rarely subopposite or subwhorled. Inflorescence unisexual or bisexual. Male flowers: tepals 2-6 perianth 0; stamens 1-4. Female flowers: tepals 2-6 perianth 0; pistil 1; stigmas 1 or 2.

Worldwide: 38 genera and 1100 species, mostly in warm or tropical areas but with a few in temperate zones.

Zambia: 8 genera and 53 taxa.

Insects associated with this family:

Cyrestis camillus (African map or -porcelain)
Naroma varipes (Figtree moth)
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Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Antiaris Lesch.Description
Dorstenia L.Description
Ficus L.Description, Image
Maclura Nutt.Description
Milicia SimDescription, Image
Morus L.Description, Image
Treculia Decne.Description, Image
Trilepisium ThouarsDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Moraceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Moraceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Moraceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=142, retrieved 16 December 2018

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