Ficus glandifera growing at the base of a coconut tree  near the Maratua Paradise Resort on Pulau Maratua, East Kalimantan.  This fig in SECTION: MALVANTHERA is a member of a group of Australian figs which to date have not been found growing in the wild west of Wallace’s Line. The presence of a sapling  of Ficus glandifera on Maratua indicates that both the seeds and the fig wasps that pollinate this fig have dispersed east to west across Wallace’s  Line from Sulawesi. The most likely dispersers are Island Flying Foxes which both roost on the palms and feed on coconut nectar in this plantation.

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We recorded 5 different species of young figs growing on the roots or stumps of coconut trees in this coconut plantation next to the Maratua Paradise Resort including, Ficus caulocarpa, Ficus septica, Ficus microcarpa and Ficus maratuae.