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Acorn Fig

Ficus glandifera


A very unique fig, which the fruits resemble acorn more than a fig. A coastal species which grows as a hemiepiphyte on host tree and strangles it over time. Fruits turn dark red when ripe.

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Growing on a host tree by the beach. This species is so rare that it is found only on few islands. In Borneo, it is only found on two small islands. The limited distribution is still a mystery on this species.


The scientific name can be confused with another fig species - Ficus glandulifera. This is definitely one of the coolest species my team has found. As expected of a rare species, it is very beautiful and unique. My team (1StopBorneo Wildlife) aims to look for amazing wildlife species which have great importance to the ecosystem. We have to understand our native wildlife better in order to conserve them properly.

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eserota2023 5 months ago

Great job!

ChunXingWong 5 months ago

Thank you all very much! Really glad you all enjoyed this rare and unusual plant spotting.

Finally caught up to this notification after being back from another long field trip.

armadeus.4 6 months ago

Congratulations Chun! Very well deserved. Thank you for sharing this rare, unique, beautiful fig tree by the ocean :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 6 months ago

Congrats Chun!

DrNamgyalTSherpa 6 months ago

Congrats Chun!

jazz.mann 6 months ago

well done--congrats!

MichaelS 6 months ago

Hi ChunXingWong,

Congratulations, your acorn fig spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week! Thank you for sharing this rare species with the Project Noah community. We look forward to seeing your next nature discovery!



Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 months ago

Only just above salt water high tide.. amazing.

ChunXingWong a year ago

Thanks Leuba. Yes indeed they are interesting. Will be posting lots of other unique figs soon too.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Thank you for sharing this rare beauty with Chun. These fig trees are amazing in both shape and behaviour. Very interesting fruit- must find out more about them. Great photos.

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Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Sep 19, 2020
Submitted on Nov 17, 2020

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