ABOVE: This amazing Talipot Palm Corypha umbraculifera was about to commit suicide when we visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens in November 2013. Talipot Palms flower only once in one big bang before they die. The single inflorescence (flower spike) is the the largest of any plant. Growing up the trunk of the Talipot Palm was a root climbing Ficus liana covered in luscious orange yellow spotted figs.
NOTE: We have provisionally allocated this fig to Ficus apiocarpa but it differs in many respects from the Bornean fig known as F. apiocarpa which has much larger leaves with fig fruit that are oblong.