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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Broom Cluster Fig

Afrikaans name: Besem-trosvy

Fruit of the Broom Cluster Fig

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The Broom Cluster Fig is a large tree that can reach heights of 30 to 35 metres. It is often found near rivers.

The figs are produced in large clumps on the trunk or even amongst the roots. The leaves are oval shaped.

The Broom Cluster Fig has an extensive distribution. It is found in many places between the Western Cape and North Africa.

This tree has many uses for humans and animals. The fruit may be eaten when ripe and is also made into jam. The soft, white wood is used for a variety of purposes. The inner bark can be used to make ropes and the latex is belied to have various medicinal properties.

The figs are eaten by a number of species of birds and mammals. They also use it for shade during the heat of the day.

Leaves of the Broom Cluster Fig

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Broom Cluster Fig

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 91

Common Trees of the Highveld - Author: Drummond & Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1973 - Page: 68

Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 23

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 27

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 264

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 70

The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 31

What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1967 - Page: 19

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