Ficus celebensis is an ornamental fig native to northern Sulawesi. Ficus celebensis  is a common house plant throughout the world. In Borneo Ficus celebensis is widely grown for landscaping . However F. celebensis fig fruit in Borneo are always sterile (no seeds) because  there are no partner fig wasps of Ficus celebensis in Borneo to pollinate the tiny flowers inside the fig fruit. Birds and mammals do not eat sterile figs.

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Ficus celebensis is probably the most common fig tree at Tenom Agricultural Park, in Sabah. The original plants were purchased from a nursery which had imported the stock for ornamental landscape planting. Unfortunately this is now a very common problem in Borneo where inexperienced landscape architects and nursery owners plant sterile imported ornamental  fig species  which will never produce fruit that will feed the local birds and mammals.

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