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Ficus vogeliana (Miquel) 1867


(Life; Embryophyta (plants); Angiospermae (flowering plants); Eudicotyledons; Order: Rosales; Family: Moraceae; Genus: Ficus; Subgenus: Sycomorus; Section: Sycomorus)

Ficus_vogeliana Ficus_vogeliana
Ficus_vogeliana Ficus_vogeliana




Guinea to Uganda and Angola (Cabinda).


Pollinator: Ceratosolen acutatus Grandi.


Lowland rainforest along rivers and in swamps.


(after C.C. Berg in Berg & Wiebes, 1992):

Biological form

Tree up to 20 m tall, with buttresses, terrestrial


shape & colour

elliptic to subovate, chartaceous to coriaceous, apex acuminate, base cordate to subtruncate, margin dentate to subentire, upper surface scabrous, both surfaces hirsute



5-22 x 2.5-11 cm


lateral veins

5-9 pairs, basal pair branched reaching margin mostly below the middle of the lamina



0.5-5.5 cm long, puberulous


1-2 cm long, puberulous (sometimes glabrous), subpersistent



on up to 10 m long, partly subterreanean (figs geocarpic), branched branchlets arising from base of trunk, or on short branchlets up to main branches



depressed globose, Ø 2-3 cm (fresh), puberulous to hirtellous



0.5-1.5 cm long


basal bracts

3-5 mm long


Berg, C.C. 1988. New taxa and combinations in Ficus (Moraceae) in Africa. Kew Bulletin 43: 77- 97.

Berg, C.C. 1989. Moraceae. In: R.M. Polhill (ed.) Flora of Tropical East Africa. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam.

Berg, C.C. 1990. Distribution of African taxa of Ficus (Moraccae). [Proc. 12th AETFAT]. Mitt. inst. Allg. Bot. Hamburg 23: 401-405.

Berg, C.C. 1990. Annotated check-list of the Ficus species of the African floristic region, with special reference and a key to the taxa of southern Africa. Kirkia, 13: 253-291.

Berg, C.C. 1991. Moraceae. In: E. Launert & G.Y. Pope (eds) Flora Zambesiaca 9, 6. Natural History Museum, London.

Berg, C.C. & Hijman, M.E.E. 1989. Chapter 11. Ficus. Flora of Tropical East Africa (ed. R.M. Polhill). 43-86. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam.

Berg, C.C., Hijman, M.E.E. & Weerdenburg, J.C.A. 1984. Moracées (incl. Cécropiacées). Flore du Gabon 26: 1276.

Berg, C.C., Hijman, M.E.E. & Weerdenburg, J.C.A. 1985. Moracées (incl. Cécropiacées). Flore du Cameroun 28: 1298.

Berg, C.C. & Wiebes, J.T. 1992. African fig trees and fig wasps. Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. Amsterdam, 1-298 pp.

Burrows, J. & Burrows, S. 2003. Figs of southern & south-central Africa. Umdaus Press, Hatfield. 379 pp.


Photographs  © Jean-Yves Rasplus (INRA). Distribution map © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

Ficus botryoides Baker 

Web authors Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

and Jean-Yves Rasplus (INRA, France)


Citation: van Noort, S. & Rasplus, JY. 2023. Figweb: figs and fig wasps of the world. URL: www.figweb.org(Accessed on <day-month-year>).

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