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Ficus glumosa

   (Family: Moraceae)
English: African Rock Fig, Mountain Fig, Mountain Rock Fig  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 6 - 10m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (light)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred altitude: 0 - 2000m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
Biome: Savanna
Flowering time EDIT
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Elisabethiella glumosae wasps
  Flower info
  Inflorescence a fig, consisting of an urn-shaped receptacle with a narrow apical opening, the flowers enclosed within, figs solitary or in pairs in the leaf axils or just below, almost sessile, globose to ellipsoid, 1–1.5 cm in diameter, glabrous to densely tomentose, orange to red, at the fruiting stage often with darker spots. Flowers unisexual, with 2–4 tepals; male flowers with one stamen; female flowers with 1-celled ovary and short or long style. Fruit a drupe, 1-seeded, developing within
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf info EDIT
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
Growing EDIT
Ficus glumosa can be propagated by seed and cuttings.
Distribution EDIT
In savanna and in woodlands, often in rocky places.
History EDIT
The bark, rich in tannin, is used in central, eastern and southern Africa for tanning hides. Ficus glumosa is a multipurpose tree or shrub, particularly valuable in drier areas for its edible young leaves and ripe fruits. More research is needed for a better understanding of the dye and tannin properties of the bark and the numerous reported medicinal properties.
Ecology EDIT
From South Africa to Senegal and the Arabian Peninsula.
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