Ficus callosa growing in the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral, on the ridge behind Sandakan town. Ficus callosa  is relatively common on the edge of towns in Sabah. In the past when the giant Flying Fox Pteropus vampyrus was common in Borneo they were probably the main dispersers of this very tall, unusual fig. The late Dewol Sindumin an expert botanist who worked for the Sandakan Herbarium stands at the base to show the size of the buttresses.

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All five species of Bornean figs in SECTION: OREOSYCEA  including Ficus callosa are deciduous. They lose their leaves  every year for a few days before the new young leaves appear.
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The small brown objects in the branches are old weaver ant’s nests constructed from leaves which the ants have sewn together. The patch of green is a single mistletoe plant.
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If you look carefully you can see the  new flush of leaves appearing on the ends of the twigs.
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This Ficus callosa hosts a single fruiting mistletoe.
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St Mary’s Cathedral, Sandakan, Sabah is on a forested ridge behind Sandakan town. The forested ridge includes two forest reserves including the Leila FR and Kebun Cina both of which are full of interesting trees including many species of figs.

East Sabah Map