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Ficus nigropunctata Mildbraed & Burret 1911

(Life; Embryophyta (plants); Angiospermae (flowering plants); Eudicotyledons; Order: Rosales; Family: Moraceae; Genus: Ficus; Subgenus: Urostigma; Section: Galoglychia; Subsection: Platyphyllae)

Chalala area, Lusaka, Zambia. Photographs © Neli Stoyanova (Lusaka).



From north-eastern Botswana and Zimbabwe, through Zambia, Malawi, north-western and northern Mozambique and Tanzania to Kenya.



Pollinator: Alfonsiella bergi Wiebes.


Savanna woodland.


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

Biological form

shrub or tree up to 7 m tall, terrestrial or sometimes hemi-epiphytic


shape & colour

oblong to ovate, chartaceous to subcoriaceous, apex shortly acuminate, base rounded to cordate, both surface hirtellous



1-9 x 1-6 cm


lateral veins

3-5 pairs, basal pair faintly branched reaching margin far below the middle of the lamina



0.3-2 cm long


0.2-1.2 cm long, puberulous, caducous



in pairs in the leaf axils, also on the older wood



(sub)globose, Æ 1-1.2 cm (fresh), puberulous to hirtellous



none, fig sessile


basal bracts

2-2.5 mm long, persistent


Photograps of fig © Neli Stoyanova (Lusaka); illustration © Jean-Yves Rasplus (INRA); wasp photographs and distribution map © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


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.

Bouček Z., A. Watsham & J.T. Wiebes, 1981. The fig wasp fauna of the receptacles of Ficus thonningii (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea). Tijdschrift Voor Entomologie, 124(5): 149-233.

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

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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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