RUBROCUSPIDATA Ficus rubrocuspidata Corner (1960) SECTION:SYCIDIUM
Latin: Red-pointed – presumably referring both to the figs and the pointed leaf tip.
Habit: A common small climber to 10m in the under storey of wet forest throughout Borneo.
Leaves: Medium size leaves 3-15cm but up to 23 cm long by 1.5-4.5cm wide with a smooth surface and entire (even) leaf edge. The leaves are distichous and almost symmetric with a distinctive very long pointed drip tip.
Figs: Tiny figs (0.4-0.6 cm) are scattered in small clusters in the leaf axils and along the bare twigs. Figs ripen orange to bright scarlet red.
Similar species: None.
Distinguish: The tiny figs and the oblong leaves with a long pointed drip tip are distinctive. Distribution: A common endemic throughout the wetter areas of Borneo up to 1,500m on Kinabalu.