Sycamore Fig - Ficus sycomorus
This species is probably the best-known of all wild figs and certainly one of the most spectacular trees to be found in the Okavango Delta. It is a massive tree, achieving heights of up to 20m, although this is often underestimated because of its sturdy trunk. The most distinguishing characteristic is certainly the deeply fluted stem with the bright orange bark. The stem forms flattened buttresses that reinforce the tree, making it impossible for an elephant to uproot. The natural holes and crevices formed by the fluted stems are often inhabited by reptiles, rodents and even warthog on occasion. Fruits are borne in dense clusters on the thick branches. The crown is wide-spreading, very dense and rounded. Although it is a semi-deciduous tree it is seldom leafless, because new leaves appear before the old ones have been shed. The rough, round leaves are also diagnostic and reminiscent of mulberry leaves. The bark and twigs of this species, as well as those of all other fig trees, contain a milky latex. Sycamore fruits are very characteristic. Greenish-yellow to orange. Peels off in paper-thin shreds. Contains latex. The leaves are simple and very large. Borne spirally around the twigs. It is rough to touch. Fruit: Large figs (up to 3cm in diametre). Buff-green when young and yellow or pale red to red when mature. Borne in thick clusters on long caudicles on the thick branches.
Sycamore fig tree usually grows near water, forming a distinctive component of the riverine thicket, but is also found in mixed woodland.
Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - Little Mombo Camp - Mariolina's Victoria Falls - Mapula Lodge - Mombo Safari Camp - Motsentsela Tree Lodge - Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp - Pom Pom Camp - Sandibe Safari Lodge - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Tsaro Elephant Lodge - Xugana Lodge
Botswana Destinations: Chobe National Park - Gemsbok National Park - Kalahari - Khwai - Linyanti - Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nogatsaa/Tchinga - Nxai Pan - Okavango Delta - Savute - Tsodilo hills - Tuli Block - Xakanaxa
Zimbabwe Destinations: Victoria Falls
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