1. Family: Moraceae Gaudich.
    1. Genus: Ficus Tourn. ex L.
      1. Ficus chirindensis C.C.Berg

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Tree up to 35 m. tall, often with pillar-roots, hemi-epiphytic, secondarily terrestrial.
    Twigs
    Leafy twigs 1.5–3 mm. thick, minutely puberulous, mostly dark-brown to blackish when dry, periderm not flaking off.
    Leaves
    Leaves spirally arranged; lamina oblong to elliptic or subovate, (4)6–12(16) x (2.5)3–5.5(7.5) cm., subcoriaceous; apex subacuminate; base cordate to emarginate or truncate rarely rounded or obtuse; margin entire; superior surface glabrous, usually minutely puberulous on the midrib, inferior surface minutely puberulous on the main veins, sometimes glabrous; lateral veins (6)8–12 pairs, tertiary venation reticulate; petiole (1.5)2–4(6) cm. long, 1.5–2 mm. thick; stipules 3–5 mm. long, up to 4 cm. long on new flush, with appressed (on long stipules ± patent) white hairs, caducous.
    Fruits
    Figs up to 3 together on spurs up to 2 cm. long on the older wood, down to the main branches; bud scales of the spurs glabrous or sparsely puberulous; peduncle (10)15–20(40) mm. long, c. 1.5 mm. thick; basal bracts c. 2.5(3) mm. long, caducous.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle subglobose, 2.5–4 cm. in diam. when fresh, 1.5–3 cm. in diam. when dry, minutely puberulous, greenish to pale-yellow with brown spots at maturity; wall c. 1 mm. thick when dry.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Tree up to 35 m. tall, often (?) with pillar-roots.
    Twigs
    Leafy twigs 1.5–3 mm. thick, minutely puberulous, mostly dark brown to blackish when dry.
    Leaves
    Leaves in spirals; lamina ± coriaceous, oblong to elliptic or ± ovate, (4–)6–12(–16) × (2.5–)3–5.5(–7.5) cm., apex ± acuminate, base cordate to emarginate or truncate to rarely rounded or obtuse, margin entire; upper surface minutely puberulous on the midrib or glabrous, lower surface minutely puberulous on the main veins, sometimes glabrous; lateral veins (6–)8–12 pairs; tertiary venation reticulate; petiole (1.5–)2–4(–6) cm. long, 1.5–2 mm. thick; stipules 0.3–0.5 cm. long, up to 4 cm. on flush, with appressed (on long stipules ± patent) white hairs outside, caducous.
    Infructescences
    Figs up to 3 together on spurs up to 2 cm. long on the older wood, down to the main branches; bud-scales on the spurs glabrous or sparsely puberulous; peduncle (1–)1.5–2(–4) cm. long, ±1.5 mm. thick; basal bracts ± 2.5(–3) mm. long, caducous.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle subglobose, 2.5–4 cm. in diameter when fresh, 1.5–3 cm. when dry, minutely puberulous, greenish to pale yellow at maturity, with brown spots; wall ±1 mm. thick when dry.
    Habitat
    Evergreen forest, riverine; 1500–1700 m.
    Distribution
    K4 T2 T7

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Ficus chirindensis C.C.Berg appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Kew Bull. 43: 78 (1988)

    Accepted by

    • 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
    • C.C. Berg in Kew Bulletin 43: 78, fig. 1 (1988).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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