Ficus sycomorus L.
subsp. gnaphalocarpa (Miq.) C.C. Berg

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Ficus sycomorus subsp. gnaphalocarpa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam Recreational Park

Ficus sycomorus subsp. gnaphalocarpa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Ficus gnaphalocarpa (Miq.) A. Rich.
Common names: Large-fruited sycamore fig (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
See subsp. sycomorus for general description. This subspecies differs considerably. It is a generally smaller tree without the thick, butressed trunk; fruits are borne singly in the axils of the leaves and are generally larger, up to c. 4.5 cm in diameter, ripening to orange-green. It also prefers a different habitat, generally being found in hilly woodland areas of higher rainfall and altitudes, usually away from rivers or floodplains.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: gnaphalocarpa: appears to refer to the fruits being like those of a Gnaphalium, a genus of herbs in Asteraceae. The reason, however is obscure.
Habitat: Generally being found in hilly woodland areas of higher rainfall and altitude than subsp. sycomorus
Altitude range:
Flowering time:May - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Ethiopia, down to Namibia and the northern Cape and Limpopo, South Africa
Mozambique distribution:
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 June 2009
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 150.

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 15. As ficus sycomorus

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Ficus sycomorus subsp. gnaphalocarpa

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ficus sycomorus subsp. gnaphalocarpa.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=164700, retrieved 18 November 2017

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