1. Family: Moraceae Gaudich.
    1. Genus: Ficus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Ficus vasta Forssk.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tropical Africa to N. Kenya, Arabian Peninsula.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Tree up to 25 m. tall, (secondarily?) terrestrial.
    Twigs
    Leafy twigs 6–15 mm. thick, yellowish to whitish or brownish hirsute to hirtellous, periderm flaking off when dry.
    Leaves
    Leaves in spirals; lamina coriaceous, cordiform to ovate, subcircular or elliptic to subreniform, (5–)8–25(–35) × (2.5–)4–23(–25) cm., apex rounded to obtuse or very shortly and bluntly acuminate, base cordate, margin entire or almost so; upper surface rather sparsely hirtellous to puberulous or almost glabrous, lower surface whitish subvelutinous or densely to sparsely hirtellous, puberulous or almost glabrous; lateral veins 5–10 pairs, the basal pairs branched, reaching the margin usually at or above the middle of the lamina; tertiary venation for the greater part scalariform; petiole (1.5–)3–12(–19) cm. long, 1.5–4 mm. thick, periderm flaking off when dry; stipules 2–5 cm. long, on flush up to 8.5 cm., whitish to yellowish or brownish subhirsute to subsericeous, caducous.
    Infructescences
    Figs in pairs or solitary in the leaf-axils or just below the leaves, subsessile or on peduncles up to 6 mm. long; basal bracts 3.5–4.5 mm. long, free parts caducous.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle subglobose to ellipsoid, 2–2.5 cm. in diameter when fresh, 1–1.5 cm. when dry, whitish to yellowish velutinous or sparsely hirtellous, often ± verruculate, green with paler spots at maturity.
    Habitat
    Riverine; 1100–1650 m.
    Distribution
    K1 U1

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Socotra, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Yemen

    Ficus vasta Forssk. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Nov 1, 1976 Schimper [1934], Ethiopia K000243299 isolectotype
    Nov 1, 1976 Schimper [1934], Ethiopia K000243300 isolectotype
    Sep 1, 1976 unknown [283], Socotra K000243337
    Ash [1437], Ethiopia 35818.000
    Schweinfurth [414], Socotra K000243335
    Schweinfurth [414], Socotra K000243336
    Yemen Ficus socotrana 30667.000

    First published in Fl. Aegypt.-Arab.: 179 (1775)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
    • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.
    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (1992). An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Oman and their Vernacular names Scripta Botanica Belgica 2: 1-153.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Berg, C.C. & Hijman, M.E.E. (1989). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Moraceae: 1-95.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Aweke in Meded. Landb. Wageningen 79-3: 88, fig. 21 (1979).
    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 323 (1961).
    • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 2: 271 (1952).
    • W.J. Eggeling, Indigenous Trees of the Uganda Protectorate, ed. 2: 262 (1952).
    • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika 2: 101 (1932).
    • Hutch. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(2): 194 (1917).
    • Forssk., Fl. Aegypt-Arab.: cxxiv, 179 (1775).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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