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.

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Note the ripe purple black figs upper left. Ficus apiocarpa evolved to be dispersed by primates. Unfortunately the  mischievous Long-tailed  macaques that used to inhabit the Singapore Botanic Gardens have been deported so there is nothing to disperse the figs fruits.

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