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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. 4th photo showing the leaves of the host tree which is a coastal legume tree (Intsia bijuga) aka Ipil-ipil.


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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Sabah, Malaysia

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

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