Ficus albipila leaves and figs which had fallen from “The Twins” two trees which grow together at Tabin next to the Lipad River about 100 m upstream from the river ford and  road bridge.

This generally rare fig is locally common at Tabin with several mature individuals growing on the alluvial floodplain of the Lipad River within a few minutes walk of the Tabin Wildlife Resort. All fruit and leaf photos by Quentin Phillipps

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The leaves and ripe figs illustrated at the top of this article had fallen from these twin Ficus albipila fig trees growing near the river at Tabin.  Photo by William Wong.


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The canopy of the twin Ficus albipila trees at Tabin. Photo by William Wong.
This photo is of  a very large tree  which can be seen on the right  as you turn right into the main entrance to the Tabin Wildlife Resort from the main road.  This tree towers over the  surrounding secondary forest and is often mistaken for a Koompassia (Mengaris)  or Ficus albipila which are both common at Tabin. However the branches of Ficus albipila tend to grow vertically upwards not out at right angles. The tree in the photo above is believed to be Ficus variegata.
Ficus albipila:  Fallen fruit and leaves from the twins. The twins are located about 100 m upstream from the Tabin river bridge on the left hand side of the river looking upstream. Note that  the path along the river  bank is frequently used by elephants that bathe in the river !
Ficus albipila. Fallen fruit and leaves from the Ficus albipila twins on the Tabin river bank, near the Tabin Wildlife Resort, Tabin, East Sabah.


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