Ficus bubu Warb.

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Ficus bubu

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Road 213 from Inhamitanga to Chupanga

Ficus bubu

Photo: Mark Hyde
Inhamitanga Forest, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Ficus kyimbilensis Mildbr.
Ficus pachypleura Warb.
Common names: Bubu fig (English) Sulphur-barked fig (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Semi-deciduous tree, to 30 m tall, hemi-epiphytic or terrestrial. Bark typically pale, sulphur green to white. Leaves 10-28 × 6-10 cm, elliptic to oblong or subcircular, leathery, glossy, glabrous; apex rounded to broadly acute; petiole 3.5-10 cm long. Fruit borne on short (c. 10 mm long) spine-like, forward-pointing spurs on the main branches and trunk. Receptacle ± spherical, up to c. 3 cm long and 3.5 cm in diameter, mid-green with yellowish spots.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: bubu: possibly a local name for this fig in the DRC
Habitat: In a wide range of habitats from high rainfall woodland, evergreen forest to riverine vegetation and lake-sides.
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Worldwide distribution: From the Ivory Coast to tropical East Africa, extending southwards to Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,MS,GI
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 7 September 2017
Literature:

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 73 - 74.

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 241 - 244. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 82. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 138.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 166.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus bubu
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ficus bubu.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120220, retrieved 20 June 2019

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