Ficus sycomorus L.[Agg]

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Ficus sycomorus

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Ficus sycomorus

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Ficus sycomorus

Lusito; 1970.
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Ficus sycomorus

Namwala, Mbeza; May 2004.
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Ficus sycomorus

1970.
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Ficus sycomorus

Lusaka; Apr 2013.
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Ficus sycomorus

Lusaka; Apr 2013.
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Ficus sycomorus

Lusaka; Apr 2013.
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Ficus sycomorus

Katanga Province, DRC
Nov 2006
Photo: Jos Stevens

Ficus sycomorus

Katanga Province, DRC
Oct 2006
Photo: Jos Stevens

Ficus sycomorus

Katanga Province, DRC
Oct 2006
Photo: Jos Stevens

Ficus sycomorus

Katanga Province, DRC;
Sep 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

Ficus sycomorus

Katanga Province, DRC
2009
Photo: Jos Stevens

Ficus sycomorus

Katanga Province, DRC;
Sep 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Synonyms: Ficus gnaphalocarpa (Miq.) A. Rich.
Common names: Bukuza (Ila) Cikunyu (Bemba) Mucaba (Lozi) Mukuyu (Ila) Mukuyu (Kaonde) Mukuyu (Lunda) Mukuyu (Lozi) Mukuyu (Tonga: Zambia) Mupanda (Tonga: Zambia) Sycomore fig (English: Zambia)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Tree up to 15 m tall, terrestrial. Leaves ovate or elliptic, chartaceous, brittle, apex rounded to obtuse, base cordate, upper surface rough to the touch; figs on leafless branchlets on the main trunk, or single or paired in the leaf axils.
Type location:
Egypt
Notes: Trees or shrubs terrestrial, monoecious (both sexes occurring on the same plant). Figs solitary or paired in the leaf axils, or 1-3 together on leafless branches on old wood, often on the trunk. Basal bracts 3, lateral bracts absent, several ostiolar bracts visible (Subgenus Sycomorus).
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Munga woodland, riverine grassland, former cultivation, human habitation.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Senegal, Cape Verde Islands and Arabian Peninsula to Madagascar, South Africa and Namibia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N,E,C,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Ceratosolen arabicus (Pollinated by this insect)
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Content last updated: Monday 4 April 2016
Literature:

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 50 - 52. (Includes a picture).

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. As subsp. sycomorus and subsp. gnaphalocarpa

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Ficus sycomorus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120410, retrieved 20 October 2019

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