Ficus tinctoria var gibbosa is probably the most common fig in Kota Kinabalu and surrounding areas. Typically it starts growth as an epiphyte on an old building or tree fork later dropping roots down to the ground. However in forested areas such as Signal Hill Ficus tinctoria var gibbosa often occurs as a stand alone tree. Old trees reach around 10m in height. This particular tree growing on the slope of Signal Hill immediately behind the Menara Building in central Kota Kinabalu was fruiting in March 2016.