Ficus spathulifolia at Batang Duri Park, Temburong, Brunei.   The common name is Spoon Leaf Fig from the obovate shape leaves with the base  smaller than the far “distal” end.  This fig can only be confused with Ficus tristaniifolia which also has “spoon shaped” obovate leaves. Both these fig species are most common in poor soil, kerangas and peat swamp forest of which there is plenty in Brunei.  All photos are by Arlene Walshe.

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Ficus spathulifolia. The figs on this tree probably failed to develop because they were never pollinated by fig wasps.  Most fig species can only be pollinated by one species of fig wasp which makes both of them very vulnerable to extinction. Local extinctions of fig wasps  are quite common especially as a result of droughts in Borneo.

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