Ficus sansibarica Warb.
subsp. macrosperma (Mildbr. & Burret) C.C.Berg

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Ficus sansibarica subsp. macrosperma

Picture: Patricia Bingham

Ficus sansibarica subsp. macrosperma

Picture: Patricia Bingham

Ficus sansibarica subsp. macrosperma

Picture: Patricia Bingham

Ficus sansibarica subsp. macrosperma

Nsobe Game Ranch; Sep 2009.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus sansibarica subsp. macrosperma

Lusaka SE, grown from seed collected from Mufulira
Aug 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus sansibarica subsp. macrosperma

Lusaka SE, grown from seed collected from Mufulira
Aug 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus sansibarica subsp. macrosperma

Ripe fig showing the exit hole through which the young female wasps escape, carrying pollen
Lusaka SE, ex Mufulira
Aug 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus sansibarica subsp. macrosperma

The Agaonid wasp pollinator Courtella silviaeWiebes, two winged females and wingless males
Lusaka SE, ex Mufulira
Aug 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus sansibarica subsp. macrosperma

Sectioned fig showing seeds, empty galls from which wasps have emerged, and exit passage
Lusaka SE, ex Mufulira
Aug 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Ficus brachylepis Hiern
Ficus macrosperma (Mildbr. & Burret) C.C. Berg
Common names: Citaba-taba (Lunda) Kacele (Nyanja) Mutaba (Bemba) Mutaba (Ila)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
A tree to 20 m. tall, starting as an epiphyte. Leaf lamina elliptic to oblong, often more than 10 cm., or leaf oblong to lanceolate and usually less than 10 cm. long. Fig-bearing spurs to 10(15) cm. long.
Type location:
Cameroon.
Notes: Distribution in Zambia: although most records are from the western half of the country, the species is present in the Luangwa Valley, but which subspecies is there has not yet been determined.
Derivation of specific name: macrosperma: large seed
Habitat: Mostly on termite mounds.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: A predominantly West African distribution, including most of Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,E,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
Insects associated with this species: Courtella sylviae (Pollinated by this insect)
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Content last updated: Friday 5 July 2013
Literature:

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 72 - 73.

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 225 - 228. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus sansibarica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Ficus sansibarica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ficus sansibarica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ficus sansibarica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ficus sansibarica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ficus sansibarica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ficus sansibarica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ficus sansibarica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ficus sansibarica
Ispot Southern Africa: Ficus sansibarica
JSTOR Plant Science: Ficus sansibarica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ficus sansibarica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ficus sansibarica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ficus sansibarica
Tropicos: Ficus sansibarica


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 sansibarica subsp. macrosperma.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=210840, retrieved 22 July 2019

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