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Spiky Fig

Ficus cucurbitina

Description:

Ficus Cucurbitina, the Spiky Fig, is definitely the world's spikiest fig. Many fig fruits are hairy but none has evolved to have really rigid and sharp hairs like this fig. These sharp hairs are strong and sharp enough to pierce a human skin. Probably evolved this way to prevent most mammals from eating it and only canopy birds are suitable with hard beaks to feed on it unharmed. Fruits ripen light yellow - orange - dark red - maroonish black. These fruits high up in the canopy where the fig tree grows on another host tree. These fruits were growing about 20m high. We were lucky to find it at its fruiting apex, and after several days, the fruit numbers have reduced greatly.

Habitat:

Growing on a host tree (Artocarpus elasticus) in a logged forest.

Notes:

Watching this fig tree is one of the best experience for my team (1StopBorneo Wildlife). We are trying to find out which is the most beneficial fig species for wildlife and this fig is definitely one of the best. Lots of animals visited it in both day and night. There are always animals every time we visited the tree. Psst... Please refrain from saying its scientific name around this region as "cucur betina" sounds lewd in the local language.

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2 Comments

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 5 months ago

Welcome Sukanya. Glad you enjoyed this new knowledge. More figs to come!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 5 months ago

I never imagined there were so many different types of figs. Thank you....I learn so much from PN and its ├žontributors.

ChunXingWong
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ChunXingWong

Beluran, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jul 5, 2020
Submitted on Nov 21, 2020

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