Ficus cucurbitina at Maliau Basin, Sabah. F. cucurbitina can be found growing both as a strangler and a large liana. This fig is scarce but widespread throughout the lowland forests of Borneo. Photo by Miyabi Nakabayashi
Ficus cucurbitina, Maliau Basin, Sabah. F. cucurbitina is a strangler in SECTION CONOSYCEA but is often found as a large liana. The figs are distinctive because  they are the only strangler figs that are covered in sharp hairs. Despite the hairs,  the ripe figs are swallowed whole by black and helmeted hornbills and  binturongs. Green imperial pigeons and brown barbets were also seen eating these figs. Photo by Miyabi Nakabayashi.

These figs and leaves were from a strangler on the EE trail only a few hundred meters from the Maliau Study Centre.

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