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Rafflesia Fig

Ficus ruginerva


A beautiful fig species with hard dark red fruits covered in pink spots. This is a rare species of root climbing epiphyte. Leaves are rounded and firm.

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This plant was fruiting about 7m high on the host tree in a secondary montane forest in Sabah.


Since this species have no common name yet, I am calling it the Rafflesia Fig for its similar appearance and this species is also found on highlands where rafflesias are found too. Even in the rafflesia centre this fig can be seen. Borneo have over 150 wild fig species and my team (1StopBorneo Wildlife) is actively documenting the native figs and understanding its ecological role to aid our reforestation projects.

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Jetnosfreak a year ago

Thank you; ChunXingWong!

ChunXingWong a year ago

Thanks Antonio, Saturniidae27, and i_munasinghe. That means a lot!

i_munasinghe a year ago

Congrats Chun!!

Saturniidae27 a year ago

Congrats on the SOTW!

Great spotting Chun, congrats on the well deserved Sand thanks for sharing

ChunXingWong a year ago

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments and for voting for this!

Jae a year ago

Congrats, ChunXingWong!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Congratulations Chun! This class of fruit is one of the most fascinating for me - Looking forward to seeing your collection when done. Thanks.

Ornithoptera80 a year ago


Congratulations Chun.

MichaelS a year ago

Hi Chun, Congratulations! Your spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week! Thank you for sharing this wonderful spotting and educational notes with the Project Noah community!



ChunXingWong a year ago

Thank you so much Sergio and Leuba. I am really happy to share this amazing find with you all. More wild fig spottings coming up next!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Another interesting fig ! I agree it does resemble rafflesia. Good work Chun.

It is so good to see someone recreating nature, instead of destroying it. I am proud of being your friend, Chun.

ChunXingWong a year ago

Awesome. Thanks for choosing this one for the week

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

ChunXingWong a year ago

No one knows. We are forgetting the traditional way of eating wild fruits. Most wild figs are edible but just not tasty.

Kalen a year ago

Can you eat it?

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Tambunan, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Aug 24, 2020
Submitted on Nov 8, 2020

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