Ficus usambarensis Warb.

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Ficus usambarensis

Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus usambarensis

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, Protea Hill Farm, grown from seed collected at Kawambwa

Ficus usambarensis

Photo: Mike Bingham

Ficus usambarensis

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, grown from seed collected at Nsama.

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Common names:
Frequency: Very rare
Status: Native
Tree to c. 15 m tall, with a wide spreading crown, terrestrial, probably also epiphytic. Leaf lamina oblong to lanceolate, leathery, apex obtuse to rounded, base obtuse, margin entire, both surfaces glabrous. Figs 2-7 together on small spurs in the leaf axils, or also in the axils of fallen leaves.
Notes: So far only known from a single tree in an area cleared through logging and rural settlement.
Derivation of specific name: usambarensis: of the Usambara Mt. range in Tanzania, where the type was collected.
Habitat: On termite mounds in miombo woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: North-eastern Tanzania, northern Mozambique and northern Zambia.
Mozambique distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
Insects associated with this species:
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Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 101 - 104. (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 83. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zambia: Ficus usambarensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ficus usambarensis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus usambarensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ficus usambarensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ficus usambarensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ficus usambarensis
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iNaturalist: Ficus usambarensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ficus usambarensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Ficus usambarensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ficus usambarensis
Plants of the World Online: Ficus usambarensis
Tropicos: Ficus usambarensis
Wikipedia: Ficus usambarensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ficus usambarensis., retrieved 17 June 2024

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