BORNEO FIG Ficus borneensis Kochummen (1998) SECTION CONOSYCEA
Latin: Of Borneo.
Habit: Strangler to 30m.
Leaf: Small, leathery with indistinct venation on both surfaces
Fig: Small oblong figs (1-2cm) with a closed ostiole which ripen from green to reddish.
Similar species. Four common Bornean stranglers share similar leaves and twigs and they can only be easily distinguished by the size and shape of the fig (1) Pelucidopunctata-fig resembles F. borneensis but has an open ostiole (2) F. sumatrana has a small almost round (not oblong) fig (3) Ficus subgelderi-has hairy stipules and the tertiary venation is obvious on the underside of the leaf.
Distinguish: The small oblong fig is distinctive.
Distribution: All the collections in the Leiden Herbarium (Naturalis) are from west Borneo from Kinabalu south to Gunung Kenepai in West Kalimantan. Gng Kenepai is on the southern edge of Betung Kerihun/Lanjak Entimau National Parks just north of the mighty Kapuas River. Beaman records this fig as common on Kinabalu from 900-1,700m., only slightly less common than Ficus sumatrana the most common small leaved strangler on Kinabalu.