Ficus racemosa is one of the most common trees and certainly the most common fig tree along the banks of the Kinabatangan river. F. racemosa is easily recognised from the pale white trunk, small glossy green leaves and bunches of abundant cauliferous (on the trunk) and ramiflorus (on the branches)  figs which ripen bright pink to red.
Ficus racemosa trees often lean over the river  and their branches frequently hang over the river. For this reason they are the most common night  roosting tree for troops of  Long-tailed Macaques and sometimes  Proboscis monkeys as well. The most likely reason is so that these primates can escape into the river below if Clouded Leopards attack at night. However according to crocodile researchers at the Danau Girang Field Centre, satellite tagged crocodiles often waited under  F. racemosa branches that overhung the river.
Ficus racemosa fig trees can be seen every few hundred meters along the Kinabatangan river but sometimes they are even more common. There are at least 10 individual trees in this photo.
Ficus racemosa trees fruit almost continuously with a new crop of figs ripening at (an estimated) six week intervals. The fruit often fall into the river where giant catfish known as Ikan Patin wait for them.
Ficus racemosa fig trees or their close relatives are found from Africa (Ficus sur) to Northern Australia (Red River Fig). Throughout the range this fig is an important fertility symbol to the local inhabitants. In Borneo the name of this fig is Tangkol or Nunuk Ragang and  this fig features in many local myths and legends about the origins of the Dusun tribes in Sabah.

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