Ficus variegata is a common fig throughout Borneo especially on forested river floodplains but also often on the edge of towns. The tall straight white trunk with bunches of cauliferous figs hanging from the trunk is distinctive. This fig can only be confused with Ficus racemosa which is the most common fig along river banks in Borneo. The main trunk of Ficus racemosa is shorter and more branched. The easiest way to distinguish the two fig species is by the leaf shape. Ficus variegata has large heart shaped leaves with a long petiole (leaf stalk). Ficus racemosa leaves are smaller, thinner and a brighter, more glossy green.