Ficus asperifolia Miq.

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Ficus asperifolia

Sailunga, Kanyikezhi; Dec 2009.
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Ficus asperifolia

Sailunga, Kanyikezhi; Dec 2009.
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Ficus asperifolia

Trident Copper Mine Project; Oct 2010.
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Ficus asperifolia

Kabweluma Falls; Jul 2013.
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Ficus asperifolia

Up & down sides
Lumangwe falls
Jul 2013
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Ficus asperifolia

Brown hirtellous
Lumangwe falls
Jul 2013
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Ficus asperifolia

Pellucid dots
Lumangwe falls
Jul 2013
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Ficus asperifolia

Leaf variation
Lumangwe falls
Jul 2013
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Synonyms:
Common names: Cilenga (Nyanja) Nsambe (Nyanja)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub up to 5 m. tall, suckering from the base to produce colonies, with whip-like branches. Leaves very variable in shape, mostly asymmetric at the base; lateral veins in 3-10 pairs; lamina papery, rough to the touch. Figs 1-3 together, in leaf axils or just below the leaves. Separate male and female plants; stipules not completely enclosing the stem apex; figs with bracts on the receptacle as well as basal and osteolar. Figs growing and ripening sequentially.
Type location:
Nigeria
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Riverine forest margin and grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal and South Sudan to Tanzania and Angola.In Zambia widespread in the northern higher-rainfall areas.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
Insects associated with this species: Kradibia gastroi afrum (Pollinated by this insect)
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Content last updated: Wednesday 25 September 2013
Literature:

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Page 48.

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 50 - 52. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus asperifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ficus asperifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ficus asperifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ficus asperifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ficus asperifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ficus asperifolia
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JSTOR Plant Science: Ficus asperifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ficus asperifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ficus asperifolia
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Ficus asperifolia
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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 asperifolia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=210770, retrieved 23 August 2019

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