1. Family: Moraceae Gaudich.
    1. Genus: Ficus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Ficus bubu Warb.

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Tree up to 20(–30) m. tall, hemi-epiphytic, often terrestrial; bark pale green to whitish.
    Twigs
    Leafy twigs 6–12 mm. thick, glabrous or minutely puberulous, periderm often flaking off when dry.
    Leaves
    Leaves in spirals; lamina coriaceous, elliptic or sometimes oblong to subcircular, 12–30 × 6–23 cm., apex shortly acuminate to almost rounded, base obtuse to rounded or (especially in large leaves) to cordate, margin entire:both surfaces glabrous; lateral veins 6–8(–9) pairs, often divided far from the margin; tertiary venation partly scalariform; petiole 3.5–11 (–16) cm. long, 2–5 mm. thick; stipules 0.3–0.5 cm. long, up to 4 cm. on flush, glabrous or partly puberulous, caducous.
    Infructescences
    Figs on short (often almost spine-like) spurs on the main branches (or the trunk); bud-scales of the spurs minutely puberulous, mostly apiculate; peduncle 0.7–1 cm. long, 2–2.5 mm. thick; basal bracts 4–5 mm. long, persistent.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle globose, ± 3 cm. in diameter when fresh, ± 2.5 cm. when dry, glabrous or minutely puberulous, brownish at maturity; wall wrinkled when dry.
    Habitat
    Forest, riverine, lakesides and other ground-water forest, sometimes persisting in disturbed places; 0–1200 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T3 T5 T7 T8 U2 U4 extending to South Africa, W. Angola and Ivory Coast (or ? Senegal)
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Tree up to 20(30) m. tall, hemi-epiphytic, often terrestrial; bark pale-green to whitish.
    Twigs
    Leafy twigs 6–12 mm. thick, glabrous or minutely puberulous, periderm often flaking off when dry.
    Leaves
    Leaves spirally arranged; lamina elliptic or sometimes oblong to subcircular, 12–30 x 6–23 cm., coriaceous; apex shortly acuminate to almost rounded; base obtuse to rounded or (especially in large leaves) cordate; margin entire; both surfaces glabrous; lateral veins 6–8(9) pairs, often furcate far from the margin; tertiary venation partly scalariform; petiole 3.5–11(16) cm. long, 2–5 mm. thick; stipules 3–5 mm. long, up to 4 cm. long on new flush, glabrous or ± puberulous, caducous.
    Fruits
    Figs on short (often almost spine-like) spurs on the main branches (or the trunk); bud scales of the spurs minutely puberulous, mostly apiculate, sublepidote when dry; peduncle 7–10 mm. long, 2–2.5 mm. thick; basal bracts 4–5 mm. long, persistent.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle globose, c. 3 cm. in diam. when fresh, c. 2.5 cm. in diam. when dry, glabrous or minutely puberulous, brownish at maturity; wall wrinkled when dry.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Ficus bubu Warb. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Sep 20, 1983 Stolz, A. [1827], Tanzania K000243361 isotype

    First published in Ann. Mus. Congo Belge, Bot., sér. 6, 1: 3 (1904)

    Accepted by

    • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
    • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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 West Tropical Africa
    • F.W.T.A., ed. 1, 1: 434
    • F.T.A. 6, 2: 166
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • C.C. Berg et al. in Fl. Cameroun 28: 228, t. 82 (1985).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 358 (1949).
    • Lebrun & Boutique in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 1: 160 (1948).
    • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika 2: 102 (1932).
    • Hutch. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(2): 166 (1916).
    • Warb. in Ann. Mus. Congo, Bot.,sér. 6, 1: 3, t. 8 (1904).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0