Ficus ovata Vahl

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Ficus ovata

Photo: Mike Bingham
Solwezi Floriana Lodge.

Ficus ovata

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, Protea Hill Farm ,grown from seed collected from Ndola.

Ficus ovata

Photo: Mike Bingham
Samfya beach.

Ficus ovata

Photo: Mike Bingham
Samfya beach.

Ficus ovata

Photo: Mike Bingham
Lusaka, Protea Hill Farm, grown from seed collected from Ndola.

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Synonyms: Ficus brachypoda Hutch.
Common names:
Status: Native
Tree to about 15 m. tall, or a shrub, terrestrial or starting as an epiphyte or lithophyte. The bark is pale grey-brown with regularly spaced paler latitudinal stripes, and small crumb-like scales over the general surface on top of longitudinal papery scales. The leaves are discolorous, glabrous above and finely tomentose below. The figs are borne singly or in pairs in the leaf axils or on old wood. The mature figs are typically ellipsoid, green with whitish spots.
Derivation of specific name: ovata: egg shaped
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa. In Zambia restricted to the northern higher rainfall provinces,, Malawi and Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Courtella hamifera (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 208 - 211. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 215.

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).

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

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Flora of Botswana: Ficus ovata
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ficus ovata
Flora of Mozambique: Ficus ovata
Flora of Zambia: Ficus ovata

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

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 ovata., retrieved 15 July 2024

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