Ficus salicifolia Vahl

First published in Symb. Bot. 1: 82 (1790)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Africa, Arabian Peninsula. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree up to 8 m tall, rarely more, with trunk up to 1 m in diam.
Morphology General Bark
Bark brownish to greyish; latex milky white
Morphology Branches
Young branches pubescent to glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, rarely subopposite; stipules broadly lanceolate, fully clasping the stem, c. 1.5 cm long; petiole 2–7 cm long, slender, glabrous; blade lanceolate to oblong, rarely narrowly ovate to obovate, 5–20 x 1.5–5 cm, ± leathery, base cuneate, margin entire, apex long acuminate, often shiny above, glabrous on both sides, with 8–15 pairs of lateral veins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Figs 1–2 in the leaf axils, on peduncles 2–4 mm long, puberulous; basal bracts 3, ovate, puberulous; receptacles globose, 4–5 mm in diam., not stipitate; ostiole ± prominent, with 3–4 ovate bracts visible from the outside.
Distribution
N1–3; C1 Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, south to South Africa, also widespread on the Arabian peninsula.
Ecology
Altitude range 500–1200 m.
Vernacular
Berde, dhicir (Somali)
Note
Subsp. lecardii (Warb.) C.C. Berg occurs in West Tropical Africa, from Senegal to Central African Republic, and subsp. cordata in Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
[FSOM]

Common Names

English
Willow-leaved Fig

Sources

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    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
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