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Ficus natalensis (Natal Fig)

Wikipedia Abstract

Ficus natalensis is a tree in the family Moraceae. It is commonly known as the Natal fig, or "Mutuba" to locals. These trees are distributed from north-eastern South Africa to Uganda and Kenya. The bark of the tree is harvested, without harming the tree, to make barkcloth, an environmentally-friendly, renewable material. Skilled artisans incorporate this unique fabric into many modern uses, including fashion, accessories, housewares, interior design, and art. The vision is to create sustainable jobs in East Africa by creating a global demand for barkcloth.
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Infraspecies

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Allergen Potential [1]  Low

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Consumers

Parasitized by 
Alfonsiella longiscapa[7]

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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2"Fig-eating by vertebrate frugivores: a global review", MIKE SHANAHAN, SAMSON SO, STEPHEN G. COMPTON and RICHARD CORLETT, Biol. Rev. (2001), 76, pp. 529–572
3del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
4The diet of chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda, NICHOLAS E. NEWTON-FISHER, Afr. J. Ecol. 1999, Volume 37, pages 344–354
5Diet and habitat overlap in two sympatric primate species, the Tana crested mangabey Cercocebus galeritus and yellow baboon Papio cynocephalus, G WAHUNGU, Afr. J. Ecol. 1998, Volume 36, pages 159-173
6Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
7Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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