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Caulocarpa Fig

Ficus caulocarpa


This fig is a strangler in which is can fully encase the trunk of its host tree. Cross section inside the cut area shows that there is a living host tree which has been strangled by the fig. Fruits are small and produced in masses. The leaves of Ficus Caulocarpa are distinct showing the clear red petiole (leaf stalk) in contrast with the light green midrib (leaf middle vein).


Growing on a host palm oil tree in an abandoned palm oil plantation near housing area. This species is common in coastal areas.


This large strangling fig tree has been burned, then chopped down recently for unknown reason, possibly to open up more illegal farm land. I have obtained some cuttings and seeds from this dying tree to grow them and replant them in our 1StopBorneo Wildlife reforestation sites.

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Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Oct 18, 2020
Submitted on Nov 3, 2020

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