A female Ficus francisci fig tree growing in the Crocker Range, Sabah.

All photographs by Linus Gokusing,  the owner/manager of Kipandi Butterfly Farm and Orchid Garden in the Crocker Range.

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The seeds of Ficus francisci are tiny, approx 0.5 mm width x 0.8 mm length. They are smooth and  oval in shape. There are no projections  on the seeds or “carrying handles” for ants and no elaiosomes  or “food bodies” to attract ant dispersers. The seeds float in a sort of liquid jelly which is presumably slurped up by the dispersers.

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Both the leaves and the growth form of Ficus francisci are  very similar to another endemic Bornean fig Ficus cereicarpa.  However  the leaves, the plant and the the figs of F. cereicarpa  are all almost double the size of  F. francisci.

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