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A small plant with a fat root by Adjima Thiombiano, Westafricanplants.senckenberg.de.


A wild bush in Namibia by Jon Richfield, Wikipedia.org.


Another wild plant from Figweb.org.


A plant from a more fertile environment in Oman by Muhammad Al Shanfari, Flickr.com.

Author: 

Carl Peter Thunberg, 1786

Family: 

MORACEAE

Origin: 

Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Yemen, Emirates, Qatar, Namibia, Oman, South Africa

Soil: 

Mix - Rocky

Water: 

Medium - Maximum

Sun: 

Maximum

Thickness: 

100 Centimetres

Height: 

2-35 Metres

Flower: 

Greenish

Propagate: 

Seeds/Cuttings

Names: 

Namaqua Rock Fig

Synonyms: 

Urostigma cordatum, Gasp.
Ficus rupium, Dinter.
Ficus cordata, Kunth & Bouch. 1846
Ficus cordata, Ridl. 1911.
Ficus atrovirens, Kunth & C.D.Bouché.
Ficus glaucophylla,
Desf.
Ficus tristis,
Kunth & C.D.Bouché
Ficus welwitschii ,
Warb.
Urostigma atrovirens,
Regel.
Urostigma glaucophyllum,
Gasp.
Urostigma thunbergii,
Miq.

This monoecious or dioecious member of the Moraceae family was given this name by Carl Peter Thunberg in 1786. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Yemen, Emirates, Qatar, Namibia, Oman and South Africa, growing in a well drained rocky soil - or in rock cracks with some to lots of water and lots of sun. The stem can grow to 100 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from two to 35 metres in height. The flowers are greenish.

The genera name originates from the old Latin name for Ficus carica which was from the Persian word fica. The species name means 'heart shaped', a referring to the leaves.


The fruits by Philippe Biernbaum, Westafricanplants.senckenberg.de.


The leaves by Jon Richfield, Wikipedia.org.