Ficus nigropunctata Mildbr. & Burret

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Ficus nigropunctata

Lusaka SE, grown from seed collected in Lusaka SE; Apr 2013.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus nigropunctata

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

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Common names:
Frequency: Occasional to rare
Status: Native
A shrub or small tree, mostly epiphytic and strangling, or terrestrial, deciduous. Leaves spirally arranged, petiole c. 1.5 cm., lamina c. 8 × 4 cm., papery, oblong to elliptic, apex shortly acuminate to subacute, base cordate to rounded, margin wavy, finely hairy above and on the veins below. Figs in pairs in the leaf axils or on older wood.
Type location:
Notes: Across southern Zambia from Pemba to Chipata.
Epiphytes or lithophytes. An exceptionally small and inconspicuous species, easily overlooked.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Miombo woodland and rocky outcrops.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Kenya to KwaZulu-Natal and as far west as Hwange in Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,E,C,Lk
Growth form(s): Tree, epiphyte, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
Insects associated with this species: Alfonsiella binghami (Pollinated by this insect)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 28 October 2014

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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 80. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 145 - 146.

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

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 88.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Ficus nigropunctata., retrieved 14 April 2024

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