Ficus persicifolia Welw. ex Warb

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Ficus persicifolia

Katuba, near start of Luanshya bypass; Oct 1978.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Ficus thonningii Blume
Common names: Kasela (Lunda)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Terrestial or epiphytic tree; “Leafy twigs usually densely brown puberulous to pubescent. Leaves drooping (?); lamina mostly oblanceolate to oblong, usually less than 10 cm long” (Berg & Wiebes 1992); “stipules subpersistent, 0.7 cm. long, rusty tomentose” (F. White).
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Notes: Burrows & Burrows: ‘undoubtedly most closely related to Ficus petersii and perhaps should be a subspecies of the latter. However, we feel that as it has such a distinctive appearance in the wild, which does not resemble Ficus petersii, it should be regarded as a full species.’
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Habitat: Riparian forest
Altitude range: 1200 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Northwestern and central Zambia, elsewhere in Gabon, Central African Republic, Uganda and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Friday 19 July 2013

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 156 - 159. (Includes a picture).

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus persicifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ficus persicifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ficus persicifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ficus persicifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ficus persicifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ficus persicifolia
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ficus persicifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ficus persicifolia
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Wikipedia: Ficus persicifolia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Ficus persicifolia., retrieved 7 October 2022

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