Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

Shrub or small tree. Bark smooth and creamy-white, the trunk twisted and branching low; leaves alternate, hairless, leathery, almost circular, veins yellow-green conspicuous. The figs are borne singly or in small groups, axillary or on bare branches, green with cream spots, turning red when ripe.
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Derivation of specific name

abutilifolia: with leaves like an Abutilon
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Distribution

Worldwide distribution

Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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Ecology

Associations

Insects whose larvae eat this plant species

Elisabethiella comptoni ()
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Population Biology

Frequency

Frequent
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Ficus abutilifolia

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Ficus abutilifolia

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 6
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Wikipedia

Ficus abutilifolia

The Large-leaved rock fig (Ficus abutilifolia) is a species of African rock-splitting[2] fig that occurs in two disjunct regions, one population north, and another south of the equator. The two populations are pollinated by different fig wasps, and are morphologically distinct.[3] It is named for the similarity of its broadly ovate leaves to that of Abutilon.[2] It is virtually restricted to cliff faces and rock outcrops, and is easily recognized from its large, glabrous leaves and smooth, pale bark.

Species associations[edit]

Nigeriella fusciceps Wiebes is the pollinating wasp for the northern population, and Elisabethiella comptoni Wiebes pollinates the southern population.[2][3] Philocaenus rotundus is an associated but non-pollinating wasp.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ficus abutilifolia (Miq.) Miq., Synonyms". ThePlantList. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Burring, Jan. "Ficus abutilifolia (Miq.) Miq.". plantzafrica.com. SANBI. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c van Noort, S., Rasplus, J. "Ficus abutilifolia (Miquel) Miquel 1867". Figweb. Iziko Museums. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
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