Ficus fischeri Mildbr. & Burret

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Ficus fischeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Ficus fischeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Ficus fischeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Ficus fischeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Ficus kiloneura Hornby
Common names: Poplar-leaved fig (English)
Status: Native
Medium to large deciduous tree, often starting epiphytically but often becoming terrestrial and free-standing. Leaves ovate to broadly ovate, 8-15 cm, dark to bright olive green above, paler below, thinly leathery, hairless; base truncate to shallowly cordate; veins yellowish, midrib raised below; margin entire. Fruits singly or in pairs in the leaf axils or on old leaf scars, pedunculate, subspherical, c. 20 mm, sometimes with small warts or minute reddish hairs, yellowish green.
Derivation of specific name: fischeri: named after Dr Gustav Fischer (1848-1886), German doctor and naturalist, who collected in Kenya and Tanzania
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia (Caprivi), D.R. Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Elisabethiella platyscapa (Pollinated by this insect)
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Berg C.C. & Wiebes J.T. (1992). African fig trees and fig wasps. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. Amsterdam

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6)

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 204 - 207. (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 91. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 142.

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

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 20 - 21. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 63.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 88.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 219.

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Flora of Botswana: Ficus fischeri
Flora of Caprivi: Ficus fischeri
Flora of Mozambique: Ficus fischeri
Flora of Zambia: Ficus fischeri
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Ficus fischeri
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ficus fischeri

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Ficus fischeri., retrieved 15 July 2024

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