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Tree: Sycamore Fig / Common Cluster Fig (Ficus sycomorus)

Unread post by craigsa » Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:32 pm

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Sycamore Fig / Common Cluster Fig (Ficus sycomorus)

Unread post by Stephen » Thu May 11, 2006 11:18 am

The Sycamore Fig / Common Cluster Fig (Ficus sycomorus) close the usually dry Vurhami river bed on the H5 close to the Gomondwane Windmill. An exceptional example of this fig species. I have seen and heard of regular sightings of leopard on the “comfortable” branches of that tree as well, and for the bird lovers - the fruit that is on the tree for most of the year (up to four crops annually) attracts a whole range of birds to come and feast.
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Sycamore fig

Unread post by arks » Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:07 pm

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Unread post by Imberbe » Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:28 pm


4. Ficus sycomorus (Trosvy, Sycamore fig, Cluster fig) Often found next to rivers. Prolific in fruit production and popular amongst birds, mammals etc.
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Unread post by Vonnie » Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:02 pm

Can humans eat the fruit of this tree? :hmz:
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Unread post by Imberbe » Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:48 pm

Yes, but is usually infested by insects. Especially the little wasp that pollinate them.
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Tree ID

Unread post by ngala » Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:17 am

Hello,

The following picture is one of my favorit trees in the Kruger.
i've seen it a few times when I was in Kruger with Freda :-)
We think it's on the H7 from Orpen to Satara.

any ideas what tree it is ?
Thanks for your help !

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Re: Tree ID

Unread post by MarkWildDog » Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:38 pm

In my opinion this tree is definitely a Sycamore/Common Cluster Fig (Ficus sycamorus).

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Unread post by bucky » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:02 pm

Sure looks like 1 of the ficus species , but I will go with Ficus burkei - common wild fig , seen as it does not look to be near a river , unless its next to the timbavati , in which case it could also be a ficus sycamorus.

Common wild fig - Grows in wooded grassland , woodland ,ravines and on the edge of forests .
Evergreen up to 15m tall with a rounded to spreading dense crown .

Interesting this is , it grows from small , next to another tree , using that for support and protection, eventually overtaking and killing the first tree .

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Ficus sycomorus ? (fruits)

Unread post by JYG » Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:48 pm

Ficus sycomorus ? (fruits)
I took these pictures in Kruger NP (Berg en Dale Camp) in october.
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Re: Ficus sycomorus ? (fruits)

Unread post by o-dog » Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:09 pm

Hey welcome to the forums!

I would agree on it being Sycamore Fig! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Ficus sycomorus ? (fruits)

Unread post by Imberbe » Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:26 am

It could be either Ficus sycomorus, or Ficus sur.
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Sycamore Fig.

Unread post by gmlsmit » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:45 am

The Sycamore Fig.

Ficus sycomorus, called the sycamore fig or the mulberry-fig (because the leaves resemble those of the Mulberry), has been cultivated since ancient times.

It is native to Africa south of the Sahel where the tree is usually found in rich soils along rivers and in mixed woodlands. To experience these magnificent trees, take spend some and have a look at the micro-habitat to so many other species of Bats, Birds, Insects and Mammals, you will be surprised at what hides in the branches and shade of this giant of Africa.

Ficus sycomorus grows to 20 m tall and 6 m wide with a dense round crown of spreading branches. The leaves are heart-shaped with a round apex, 14 cm long by 10 cm wide, and arranged spirally around the twig.

They are dark green above and lighter with prominent yellow veins below, and both surfaces are rough to the touch. The petiole is 0.5–3 cm long and pubescent. The fruit is a large edible fig, 2–3 cm in diameter, ripening from buff-green to yellow or red. They are borne in thick clusters on long branchlets or the leaf axil. Flowering and fruiting occurs year-round, peaking from July to December. The bark is green-yellow to orange and exfoliates in papery strips to reveal the yellow inner bark. Like all other figs, it contains a latex.

This species of fig requires the presence of the symbiotic wasp, Ceratosolen arabicus, to reproduce sexually.

In tropical areas, where the wasp is common, complex mini-ecosystems involving the wasp, nematodes, other parasitic wasps and various larger predators, revolve around the life cycle of the fig. The trees' random production of fruit in such environments assures its constant attendance by the insects and animals which form this ecosystem.

The Ancient Egyptians cultivated this species "almost exclusively".
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Re: Sycamore Fig.

Unread post by Grantmissy » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:06 am

Gmlsmit thank you for sharing some very interesting information regarding a very striking tree. Do you perhaps know what the relationship is with the sycamore trees that you find in America and Australia, is it the same tree?
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