Morus mesozygia Stapf

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Morus mesozygia

Picture: Stefaan Dondeyne
Moribane Forest, Mozambique

Morus mesozygia

Picture: Stefaan Dondeyne
Moribane Forest, Mozambique

Morus mesozygia

Picture: Stefaan Dondeyne
Moribane Forest, Mozambique

Morus mesozygia

Picture: Stefaan Dondeyne
Moribane Forest, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Morus lactea (Sim) Mildbr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Medium-sized to large, spreading deciduous tree with white latex. Leaves ovate or elliptic, thinly textured, 5-15 cm long, glossy dark green above dull and paler below, hairless, distinctly 3-veined from the base, prominent on both surfaces; apex tapering into a long narrow driptip; margin serrate or dentate, mainly in the apical half. Inflorescences axillary, unisexual on different trees; male flowers in spikes; female flowers in rounded heads. Fruit a subglobose cluster of small berry-like syncarps, c. 1.5 cm in diameter, pale green when ripe.
Type location:
Lectotype from Ivory Coast
Derivation of specific name: mesozygia: from meso-, middle and -zygon, joined (Gr); possibly referring to the fact that the segments or syncarps of the fruit are only partially joined, compared to the more compact and completely joined syncarps in the cultivated mul
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Ethiopia and South to Angola, Zambia and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
Insects associated with this species: Cyrestis camillus sublineata (Larval foodplant)
spilosoma lineata (Larval foodplant)
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Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 14 - 16. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 332 - 335. (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 72. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 130.

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: Morus mesozygia
Flora of Mozambique: Morus mesozygia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Morus mesozygia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Morus mesozygia
African Plant Database: Morus mesozygia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Morus mesozygia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Morus mesozygia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Morus mesozygia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Morus mesozygia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Morus mesozygia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Morus mesozygia
iNaturalist: Morus mesozygia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Morus mesozygia
JSTOR Plant Science: Morus mesozygia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Morus mesozygia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Morus mesozygia
Plants of the World Online: Morus mesozygia
Tropicos: Morus mesozygia
Wikipedia: Morus mesozygia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Morus mesozygia., retrieved 24 October 2021

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