African Plant Database

Musanga cecropioides R. Br.
Family : Moraceae
Information on the genus : Musanga
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Musanga smithii R. Br. ex Benn. (1838)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree, dioecious, to 18-45 m; bole straight, to 0,5 m Ø, with stilt- or prop roots to 2-3 m high; crown umbrella-like; branches spreading; branchlets stout, pithy; buds enclosed in large red deciduous stipular sheaths 15-20 cm long,[…]
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Ecology : Secondary forests in recent clearings on superficially damp soils; common on old farms in closed forest; rare in rain-forest; swamp forest; along rivers; pioneer plant of rapid growth but short-lived; often gregarious; in pure regular stands.
  5-1200 m alt. Seems to occupy the same ecological niche as the ± 80 species of Cecropia do in the Neotropic
  São Tomé.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 502 (2006).
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carte afrique num 24635
Record n°24635
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