FICUS PARACAMPTOPHYLLA Ficus paracamptophylla Corner (1960)

SECTION: CONOSYCEAE

Greek: Similar to another Conosycea climber Ficus acamptophylla.

Plant: Climber with thick floppy branches locally common in Sarawak in dipterocarp forest  but very rare elsewhere.

Sex: Monoecious.

Leaf: Large oblong leaf 10-26 long  3.5-9.5cm wide with prominent venation below.

Fig: The small oblong figs (1.0-1.5cm) grow in the leaf axils at the ends of the branches. Berg (2005) reports that they ripen “reddish”.

Similar species:

  • F. bracteata : Figs have a large distinctive sunken ostiole.
  • F. acamptophylla: Very similar but has no persistent bracts.
  • F. spiralis, F.villosa and other root climbing figs are always have hairy (not smooth) figs and twigs.
  • F. palungensis: Possibly a synonym for F. paracamptophylla.

Distribution: Endemic to Borneo.

The type was collected by J.A.R. Anderson at Semengoh FR near Kuching and described by Corner in the Gardens Bulletin of Singapore (1960).

Sabah: Beaufort, SAN 105173 and Sipitang SAN 7765.

Brunei: Batu Apoi, Sg Belait, Sg Liang and Sg Medit (Coode 1996).

Sarawak:  Lambir, Sg. Mentawai-Mulu NP. Bako-Telok Gador.

Kalimantan Kutai (Kaltim), and Gng. Palung in (Kalbar) where Laman & Weiblen (1998) described it as “rare in peat and fresh water swamp forest”.

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