Ficus mucuso Welw. ex Ficalho

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Ficus mucuso

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpunga Rangercamp camp area, Moribane Forest

Ficus mucuso

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpunga Rangercamp camp area, Moribane Forest

Ficus mucuso

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpunga Rangercamp camp area, Moribane Forest

Ficus mucuso

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpunga Rangercamp camp area, Moribane Forest

Ficus mucuso

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpunga Rangercamp camp area, Moribane Forest

Ficus mucuso

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpunga Rangercamp camp area, Moribane Forest

Ficus mucuso

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpunga Rangercamp camp area, Moribane Forest

Ficus mucuso

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpunga Rangercamp camp area, Moribane Forest

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Synonyms: Ficus corylifolia Warb.
Ficus sidifolia Welw. ex Hiern
Common names: Forest sycomore fig (English)
Frequency: Very rare
Status: Native
Description:
Tall evergreen tree, up to 30 m high, trunk straight with prominent butresses; branches spreading into an open crown; bark, smooth, brown, with prominent ring marks and lenticels; white latex present; young branches and growing points with long orange-brown hairs. Leaves ovate to almost round, 6-17 cm long, rough with short stiff hairs above, hairy beneath, cordate and 3-veined at the base; margin sometimes irregularly toothed particularly when young; petiole 2-9 cm long. Figs ovoid to globose, 3-5 cm in diameter when fresh, hairy, dark orange, borne on leafless branchlets up to 30 cm long out of large branches or the trunk, sweetly scented.
Notes: Only known from a handful of specimens in Moribane Forest nearly 1800 km from its nearest known locality.
Derivation of specific name: mucuso: after the Angolan town of Mucuso where the type specimen was found.
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 500 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: In West- and Central Africa to Uganda, Tanzania and northern Angola with an isolated few specimens from Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 26 April 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 78. (Includes a picture).

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ficus mucuso
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ficus mucuso
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ficus mucuso
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ficus mucuso
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ficus mucuso
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ficus mucuso
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ficus mucuso
iNaturalist: Ficus mucuso
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ficus mucuso
JSTOR Plant Science: Ficus mucuso
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ficus mucuso
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ficus mucuso
Plants of the World Online: Ficus mucuso
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ficus mucuso
Tropicos: Ficus mucuso
Wikipedia: Ficus mucuso


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 mucuso.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=229770, retrieved 13 November 2019

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