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Photo from:
Thomas Müller.

A wild plant by Sheila Gregory © RBG Kew.

Author: Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel, 1867
Origin:  Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Eswatini, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Rocks, Grit, Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  70 Centimetres
Height:  6-15 Meters
Flower:  Green / Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Large-leaved Rock Fig
Synonyms:  Urostigma abutilifolium Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel, 1844.
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By mistake: Ficus abutifolia?

This member of the Moraceae family was given this name by Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel in 1867. It is found in two populations in Eswatini, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, eastern Botswanaand South Africa. It grows on bare rocks, in grit and other well drained soil. The stem can grow to 70 centimetres in diameter, the tree reaches six to fifteen meters height. The flowers are green with a pink centre.  

The genera name originates from the old Latin name for Ficus carica which was from the Persian word fica. The species name means  'leaves like Abutilon, a genera in the Malvaceae family.