Vogel’s fig


Vogel’s fig, or African cloth-bark tree, is native to central and southern Africa. It reaches a height of 60 feet, with a short trunk 2 or more feet in diameter covered by roots that descend from the trunk itself and from the branches. The leaves are 1 foot or more in length and the principal veins are yellow. Leaves and branches produce a white latex when cut. The flowers are minute and develop within figs up to five-eighths of an inch in diameter. It flowers irregularly throughout the year. The generic name derives from an old name for Ficus carica, the species that produces the commercial fig. The species name means yellow, perhaps in reference to the color of the leaf veins.

The photographed tree is southwest of the Dispensary and is the only member of the species in the campus. The trunk is labelled Ficus nekbudu, a synonym of F. lutea.

Ficus lutea (Moraceae)