Ficus rubromidotis is a common fig of the forest understory  endemic to the hills of northern Borneo. Currently there are no records from Kalimantan. All photos by Linus Gokusing the botanist manager of Kipandi Butterfly farm in the Crocker Range.Rubromidotis IMG_0413.JPG

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Ficus rubromidotis is distinguished  from the similar F. hemsleyana by;

(1) Shorter basal veins

(2) Entire leaf margin (Hemsleyana is usually slightly toothed or dentate)

(3) Leaf surface less rough above

(4)  A full amplexicaul   (grasping or holding)  stipule. Hemsleyana  has only a semi amplexicaul stipule.

(5) A smaller auricle (an ear on one side of the base of the leaf).

Both species have been recorded from Kipandi.

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Both the gardens and the surrounding forest at Kipandi are extremely rich in  both  the diversity and density of  figs. Kipandi Butterfly Farm is on the very wet western slopes of the Crocker Range in Sabah which helped to preserve  many Borneo endemic plants during periods of dryer more seasonal  climates in Borneo over the last 2.6 million years.

Crocker Range