Taxon distribution as listed in assessment
Within the UAE, this species is widespread throughout the Hajar Mountain range and the Ru'us al-Jibal (as Ficus cordata subsp. salicifolia; Jongbloed et al. 2003). It typically occurs at low elevations and is rarely found above 500 m altitude (Jongbloed et al. 2003). Globally, the native range of this species is given as from the western Cape Province to Cameroon, and east to the Arabian Peninsula (Board of Trustees, RBG Kew 2019), although Bhanumas et al. (2013) consider the distribution in Africa to generally be more northerly (Algeria, Niger, Libya, Congo, South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Somalia, and Arabia (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, and Oman). Bordbar and Mirtadzadini (2019) recorded the species for Iran.