THICK-LEAF FIG Ficus callophylla Blume (1825) SECTION:CONOSYCEA
Latin: Thickened leaf referring to the thick stiff leaves.
Habit: Medium size hemi-epiphyte, especially common in freshwater swamp and coastal districts.
Leaf: The medium size 6-13 x3-6 oval glossy leaves have a small drip tip at the apex.
Fig: Medium fig 0.8 x 1.3 are usually wider than long with a constricted base. The figs ripen green, yellow, orange, pink to purple with a small peaked ostiole.
Similar species: Ficus subcordata figs also have a constricted narrow waist where they attach to the twig.
Distinguish: (1) The leaves of F.callophylla normally have distinct basal lateral veins whereas Ficus subcordata basal lateral veins are indistinct. (2) The figs of F. subcordata are considerably larger than F. callophylla. (3) F. subcordata is considerably less common than F. callophylla and prefers the drier areas of East Kalimantan.
Distribution: A generally scarce but locally common fig of the coastal lowlands throughout Borneo. Prefers freshwater swamps and river banks.
Sabah: Has been collected on the road to the Babagon Agricultural Station in the Crocker Range.
Brunei: Especially common in the Belait district of Brunei.
Sarawak: Anderson (1980) describes this fig as rare but widespread in the freshwater swamps of Sarawak. At Lambir the 20th most common hemi-epiphyte i.e. very uncommon. Kalimantan:. At Gng Palung described as rare.
Range: Hong Kong south to the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java and Borneo, Philippines and Sulawesi.