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Ficus racemosa, standing alone, surrounded by litter and piles of building materials at the far end of the Shangrila Tg Aru Resort car park.  Ficus racemosa is one of Borneo’s most revered and iconic trees, the Nunuk Ragang or “Red Fig” of the native Kadazan Dusun community in Sabah. F. racemosa is a common tree of river banks throughout Borneo but this is the only one that I know of that actually grows in Kota Kinabalu.
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Ficus racemosa fruits almost continuously throughout the year with a crop ripening every six weeks. In between these major fruiting episodes  there are always a few  ripe fig fruits on the tree.  The fruits of this tree in the car park of the Shanrila Tg Aru resort are eaten by small fruit bats at night. The fruit of river bank trees are eaten by whiskered catfish after they fall into the river .
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Ficus racemosa. Notice the tiny black female fig wasps (which have previously mated  in their birth fig) crawling over the surface of this new  unripe fig looking for the ostiole, the hole at the base of the fig so that they  can enter and lay their fertile eggs inside.  The females then die. Two weeks later just before this fig ripens  a new crop of female fig wasps will emerge from the ostiole  and fly off to find another unripe fig in which to lay their eggs.
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Ficus racemosa. The reason that Ficus racemosa always has  some ripe figs on the tree is probably to ensure that the population of fig wasps does not die out.
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The tiny fig wasps present in the photo above are the new crop of females emerging just before the fig ripens and gets eaten by a fruit bat.
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Ficus racemosa leaves. The small narrow pointed leaves distinguish this fig from the other figs in Borneo with cauliferous figs such as Ficus variegata.