African Plant Database

Ficus polita Vahl
Protologue : Enum. Pl. (Vahl) 2: 182 (1805)
Information on the genus : Ficus
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ficus polita Vahl subsp. polita
 Urostigma politum (Vahl) Miq. (1847)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Ficus barombiensis Warb.
=Ficus megapoda Baker (1885)
=Ficus podophylla Baker (1885)
=Ficus pulvinifera Baker (1886)
=Ficus niamniamensis Warb.
=Ficus syringifolia Warb. non Kunth & Bouché (nom.illegit.)
=Ficus umbrosa Sim
=Ficus syringoides Warb.
Taxon infra-specific
Ficus polita Vahl subsp. polita
Ficus polita subsp. brevipedunculata C. C. Berg
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : (Shrub or) tree,evergreen,10-40m tall with generally short and stout trunk;crown flat or rounded, dense,with a spread to 40 m;slender aerial roots descend to the ground and fuse to form an irregularly fluted cylinder surrounding the bole of the host[…]
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Ecology : Wooded savanna; forest gallery; evergreen forests; bushland; half-deciduous forest with Diospyros piscatoria, Schrebera arborea, Ongokea gore; coastal “rain-forest” fide Aubréville; on all types of soils, also lava flow.
  0-2150 m alt.Often planted (shade tree, living fence), especially in W Africa.
  E S. Africa, Swaziland; Madagascar. – Not in Mali.
Biol./Eco : Tree; distribution: Africa.
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carte afrique num 175301
Record n°175301
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