Ficus polita Vahl
subsp. brevipedunculata C.C.Berg

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Leaves oblong to subovate, with lateral nerves in 10−12 pairs.
Type location:
Notes: Ficus polita as applied by Berg (in Flora Zambesiaca), is considered by Burrows & Burrows to be a synonym of Ficus modesta F. White. But Berg gives Ficus modesta as a synonym of Ficus ottoniifolia subsp. ulugurensis (Mildbr. & Burret) C.C. Berg.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Submontane areas, Mafinga mountains.
Altitude range: 1500 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: This subspecies is confined to the submontane areas of south-west Tanzania, northern Malawi, just coming into Zambia on the Mafinga range on the Malawi border.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
Insects associated with this species: Courtella sp. (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 Page 211.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 18. As Ficus polita

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Pages 98 - 100. as Ficus polita (Includes a picture).

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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 polita subsp. brevipedunculata., retrieved 21 February 2024

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