Ficus maclellandii is a strangling fig native to N E India, S China, Thailand and N Malaya. The southernmost distribution of F. maclellandi in N. Malaya overlaps with the northernmost distribution of F. binnendijkii which extends from Java, Borneo, and Sumatra north up the Malay Peninsular to S Thailand.
These two fig species are obviously closely related and share a common characteristic unique in Section Conosycea figs. Both species share a juvenile phase in which the leaves are long and narrow (lanceolate) and look quite different from the shorter and wider adult leaves.
The juvenile leaves of both species stay true to type if a juvenile branch is planted as a cutting. As a result cloned branches of both species are frequently grown as house plants throughout the world.
Ficus maclellandii is not found wild in Borneo but is widely grown for landscaping . However F. maclellandii fig fruit in Borneo are always sterile (no seeds) because there are no partner fig wasps of Ficus maclellandii in Borneo to pollinate the tiny flowers inside the fig fruit. Birds and mammals do not eat sterile figs.
See also F. maclellandii juvenile morph