Ficus melinocarpa Blume (1825)                                       SECTION SYCIDIUM

Latin: Honey fruit

Habit: An unusual fig in Section Sycidium (normally shrubby climbers)  which grows into a stout tree. Most common in the Philippines and on the islands east of Borneo from Sulawesi to New Guinea and the Solomons in the Pacific. Corner (1969)  found that this fig was a common canopy tree throughout the Solomon Islands, growing up to 35 m and with stout buttresses. In Borneo a rare small tree or shrub with a preference for poor soils.

Leaf: The large leaf is usually asymmetric or unbalanced without any obvious large lobes at the base. Normally 5-8 pairs of side veins

Sex: Dioecious

Fig fruit: Small smooth with a short stalk or peduncle.

Distribution in Borneo: One of a few rare figs which have crossed Wallace’s Line from the east to west including Ficus gul, Ficus minahassae, and Ficus glandifera. An uncommon fig of ultramafic soils in east Sabah and NE. Kalimantan, including Mount Silam and Kg Pinawantai , Kinabalu. See map.

Range: Sumatra, Java, Philippines, Sulawesi Moluccas to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

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