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Ficus sur

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Ficus sur

Common name(s)         

mukuyu (KIK)

Family

Moraceae

Natural range

Côte d'Ivoire; Cape Verde; Mali; Ghana; Nigeria; Gabon; Gambia; Togo; Rwanda; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Liberia; Zambia; Senegal; Congo; Burkina Faso; Benin; Tanzania, United Republic of; Sierra Leone; Guinea-Bissau; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Burundi; Eritrea; Uganda; Kenya; Ethiopia; Botswana; Angola; South Sudan; Guinea; Chad; Sudan; Equatorial Guinea; South Africa; Sao Tomé and Principe; Yemen; Swaziland; Namibia; Zimbabwe; Malawi; Mozambique

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Deciduous

Size

Up to 25 m

Stem

Heavily butressed

Bark

Very pale, smooth later pale grey-brown

Leaves

Ovate-elliptic, widely toothed to 20 cm, maybe sandpapery

Fruits

Orange or red, short hairy, edible but tasteless

Seeds

Very small

Uses

Furniture, mortars

Seed collection

 

 

Time of year

Not known

Post harvest handling

Dry seed and shake out tiny seeds
Propagation

 

 

Method

Truncheons and seed

Soil media

1:1:1 peat, sand, perlite; otherwise easy in soil

Pretreatment

Germinates well in damp compost

Depth sown

3 cm

Environment

Greenhouse 22-25C / under shade in ambient conditions 17-20C

Dark/light conditions

Not known

Expected success rate

80%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

1 year

Shade requirements

Plant in shade

Protection requirements

Do not plant near buildings

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Fast

Expected survival rate

90%

PlantSearch link

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This information was provided by Brackenhurst Botanic Garden, Kenya. For further information, or to
buy seeds or seedlings of this species, please contact: mjlni@yahoo.com Tel: +254 729 638 738