1. Family: Moraceae Gaudich.
    1. Genus: Ficus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Ficus bussei Warb. ex Mildbr. & Burret

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Somalia to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Moraceae, C.C. Berg (University of Bergen). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

    Habit
    Tree up to 25 m. high, (secondarily?) terrestrial.
    Twigs
    Leafy twigs 4–12 mm. thick, sparsely to sometimes densely puberulous to hirtellous or glabrous, periderm hardly flaking off when dry.
    Leaves
    Leaves in spirals; lamina coriaceous (often brittle when dry), subovate to oblong, 5–24 × 3–9.5(–11.5) cm., apex acute to obtuse, base cordate, margin entire to repand; upper surface glabrous or puberulous on the midrib, lower surface almost glabrous or ± sparsely hirtellous to puberulous; lateral veins 10–16 pairs, the basal pairs reaching the margin far below the middle of the lamina; tertiary venation partly scalariform; petiole 2–8 cm. long, 2–4 mm. thick, epiderm not flaking off; stipules 0.3–1.2(–5) cm. long, glabrous or pubescent at the base, caducous.
    Infructescences
    Figs in pairs or solitary in the leaf-axils; peduncle 1–2.5 cm. long, recurved; basal bracts ± 3 mm. long, persistent.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle ± globose or rarely ellipsoid, 2–3 cm. in diameter when fresh, 1–1.5 cm. when dry, puberulous, smooth or warted,? greenish at maturity.
    Habitat
    Lowland forest, riverine, swamp forest and flood plains; 0–550 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T3 T5 T6 T8
    [FZ]

    Moraceae, C. C. Berg. Flora Zambesiaca 9:6. 1991

    Habit
    Tree up to 20 m. high, epiphytic and secondarily terrestrial.
    Twigs
    Leafy twigs 4–12 mm. thick, sparsely sometimes densely puberulous to hirtellous or glabrous, periderm hardly flaking off when dry.
    Leaves
    Leaves spirally arranged; lamina subovate to oblong, 5–24 x 3–9.5( 11.5) cm., coriaceous, often brittle when dry; apex subacute to obtuse; base cordate; margin entire to repand; superior surface glabrous, or puberulous on the midrib, inferior surface ± glabrous or sparsely hirtellous to puberulous, midrib subhirsute; lateral veins (8)10–16 pairs, the basal pair reaching the margin far below the middle of the lamina, tertiary venation partly scalariform; petiole 2–8 cm. long, 2–4 mm. thick, epidermis not flaking off; stipules 3–12 mm. long, up to 30 mm. long on new flush, glabrous or pubescent at the base, caducous.
    Fruits
    Figs in pairs or solitary in the leaf axils; peduncle 10–25 mm. long, recurved; basal bracts c. 3 mm. long, persistent.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle subglobose to ellipsoid, 2–3 cm. in diam. when fresh, 1 -1.5 cm. in diam. when dry, puberulous, smooth or verruculate, greenish at maturity.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Ficus bussei Warb. ex Mildbr. & Burret appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Malawi Ficus zambesiaca K000243382

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 46: 213 (1911)

    Accepted by

    • Nelson Sutherland, C.H. (2008). Catálogo de las plantes vasculares de Honduras. Espermatofitas: 1-1576. SERNA/Guaymuras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
    • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.
    • Launert, E. & Cope, G.V. (eds.) (1991). Flora Zambesiaca 9(6): 1-135. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Berg, C.C. & Hijman, M.E.E. (1989). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Moraceae: 1-95.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Friis in Nordic Journ. Bot. 5: 332 (1985).
    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 315 (1961).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 360 (1949).
    • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika 2: 102 (1932).
    • Mildbr. & Burret in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 46: 213 (1911).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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