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Villosa Fig

Ficus villosa

Description:

An epiphytic fig which climbs trees and fruit when reaching a certain height. Fruits are smooth and can reach 1cm wide. Inside these fruits are male flowers so this fruit will not be edible to most animals as only the female fruits will ripen and sweeten to be eaten and dispersed. More interesting notes on figs below.

Habitat:

Primary rainforest, 300m a.s.l. This species grows and live on host trees and other structures.

Notes:

Figs do not display observable flowers as the flowers uniquely grow inside the fruits and is only visible when cut open. Hence they need fig wasps to enter and pollinate the inner flowers in the fruit through the ostiole opening which looks like a little hole at the bottom of the fruit. Borneo has around 150 native fig species and I have documented one third of it with 1StopBorneo Wildlife expeditions.

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4 Comments

syzygy
syzygy a month ago

I see. Thanks for exclusive info on this exotic plant!

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a month ago

Yes, Figs are weird which they can have female and male fruits. I have tried the female fruit before, soft and juicy but not sweet. Most of the wild figs here are not sweet.

syzygy
syzygy a month ago

... I mean a ripen, female fruit.

A "female fruit"... - I can't believe! (:

syzygy
syzygy a month ago

I learnt something new today! Many thanks sharing this!

I become so curious about that whether it could be tasty...? ( :

ChunXingWong
Spotted by
ChunXingWong

Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jun 9, 2020
Submitted on Oct 10, 2020

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