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Small to medium-sized tree. Stem without aerial roots, sometimes buttressed in very large specimens; bark grey to whitish, smooth, with a watery, sometimes amber-coloured sap. Leaves alternate, stiff and leathery, ovate-elliptic, up to 14 × 7.5 cm, larger and broader in deeply shaded specimens, 3-veined from the base, mid-green above, paler and with conspicuous yellow veining below, very rough to the touch on both surfaces; margin finely and irregularly toothed to entire. Figs singly or in pairs, pedunculate on the wood of last year's bare branches, c. 23 mm in diameter, depressed spherical with the surface rough to the touch, orange-red when ripe.


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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