Ficus dicranostyla Mildbr.

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Ficus dicranostyla

Tree on termite mound, ‘umuku’ (Bemba);
Mbereshi; Sep 2008.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus dicranostyla

On termite mound
Feb 1982
Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus dicranostyla

Feb 1982
Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus dicranostyla

On termite mound
Feb 1982
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
A small to medium sized tree or a shrub. Bark reddish. Leafy twigs white pubescent or puberulous. Leaves thin leathery to papery, upper surface rough to touch, elliptic to oblong or subovate, margins subentire, apex apiculate, base cuneate to subcordate. Figs solitary or in pairs in the leaf axils.
Trees or shrubs, terrestrial, monoecious (both sexes on same plant); sap watery. Figs solitary or in pairs in the leaf axils; basal bracts 3, lateral bracts sometimes present, ostiole circular with 3 bracts visible(Subgenus Pharmacosycea).
Type location:
Notes: Recorded from Copperbelt and Luapula Provinces, possibly overlooked elsewhere.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Lake shore and termite mounds in miombo woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal and Ethiopia to Katanga.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Lp,N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
Insects associated with this species: Dolichorus flabellata (Pollinated by this insect)
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Content last updated: Friday 5 July 2013

Berg C.C. & Wiebes J.T. (1992). African fig trees and fig wasps. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. Amsterdam

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 Pages 75 - 78. (Includes a picture).

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ficus dicranostyla
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Ficus dicranostyla., retrieved 1 October 2023

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