1. Family: Moraceae Gaudich.
    1. Genus: Ficus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Ficus cordata Thunb.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon to W. Cape Prov.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Tree up to 15(–35) m. tall.
    Twigs
    Leafy twigs 2–5 mm. thick, glabrous to pubescent.
    Leaves
    Lamina coriaceous, lanceolate, ovate, oblong, elliptic or cordiform, rarely ± obovate, 2–17 × 1–6 cm., apex acuminate, acute, obtuse or occasionally rounded, base cordate to rounded, obtuse or occasionally subacute, margin entire; both surfaces glabrous; lateral veins 6–12 pairs; smaller veins prominent and conspicuous beneath; petiole 0.5–3(–6) cm. long, 1–2 mm. thick; stipules 0.2–1.5 cm. long, glabrous or ciliolate.
    Infructescences
    Figs mostly in the leaf-axils or just below the leaves, or sometimes on older parts up to 3 together on 2–3 mm. long spurs, sessile or on peduncles up to 0.3 cm. long; basal bracts ± 1–1.5 mm. long, sometimes caducous.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle ± globose, 0.5–1 cm. in diameter when fresh, 0.5–0.8(–1) cm. when dry, sparsely and minutely puberulous to glabrous, maturing from green to whitish to dark purple or dark red; wall usually smooth when dry.
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Trees up to 15(35) m. tall.
    Twigs
    Leafy twigs 2–5 mm. thick, glabrous to pubescent, indumentum white.
    Leaf lamina
    Leaf lamina lanceolate to ovate or oblong, elliptic or cordiform, rarely obovate, 2–17 x 1–6 cm., coriaceous; apex acuminate, acute, obtuse or occasionally rounded; base cordate to rounded, or obtuse, occasionally cuneate; margin entire; both surfaces glabrous; lateral veins 6–12 pairs, the basal pair unbranched, usually running almost parallel to the margin, other lateral veins furcate near the margin, smaller veins prominent and conspicuous beneath.
    Petiole
    Petiole 0.5–4(6) cm. long, 1–2 mm. thick, (lamina length: petiole length = 5–8: 1); stipules 0.5–1.5 cm. long, glabrous or ciliolate.
    Fruits
    Figs mostly in pairs in the leaf axils or just below the leaves, or 2–5 together on spurs 2–3 mm. long on older wood, peduncle 0–3 mm. long; basal bracts c. 1 -1.5 mm. long, sometimes caducous.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle subglobose, 5–10 mm. in diam. when fresh, 5–8 mm. in diam. when dry, sparsely and minutely puberulous to glabrous, maturing from green to whitish to dark purple or dark red; wall usually smooth when dry.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cabinda, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Gulf States, Namibia, Oman

    Ficus cordata Thunb. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Oct 14, 2008 Crawford, F. [66], Namibia K000450367
    Oct 14, 2008 Crawford, F. [65], Namibia K000450368
    Salisbury, F.S. [442], South Africa 13124.000
    Welw. [6354], Angola K000243374 syntype
    Welw. [6364], Angola K000243375 syntype
    Welw. [6356], Angola K000243376 syntype

    First published in Ficus: 8 (1786)

    Accepted by

    • Chantarasuwan, B., Berg, C.C. & van Welzen, P.C. (2013). A revision of Ficus subsection Urostrigma (Moraceae) Systematic Botany 38: 653-686.
    • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
    • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.
    • 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.
    • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
    • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (1992). An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Oman and their Vernacular names Scripta Botanica Belgica 2: 1-153.
    • Launert, E. & Cope, G.V. (eds.) (1991). Flora Zambesiaca 9(6): 1-135. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 1: 1-359. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
    • Berg, C.C. & Hijman, M.E.E. (1989). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Moraceae: 1-95.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Chantarasuwan, B., Berg, C.C. & van Welzen, P.C. (2013). A revision of Ficus subsection Urostrigma (Moraceae) Systematic Botany 38: 653-686.
    • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
    • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (1992). An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Oman and their Vernacular names Scripta Botanica Belgica 2: 1-153.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • C.C. Berg et al. in Fl. Cameroun 28: 152, t. 50 (1985).
    • Hutch. in Fl. Cap. 5(2): 530 (1925).
    • Hutch. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(2): 119 (1916)
    • Thunb., Diss. Fic.: 8, t. (1786).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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