ABOVE A cross section through a male Ficus virescens fig fruit. Note the bright red male anthers surrounding the ostiole. The egg shaped objects are the gall flowers which contain the developing larvae of fig wasps. When these fig wasps hatch the wingless male wasps will mate with the winged female fig wasps. The female wasps will then force they way out through the ostiole collecting pollen from the male anthers and fly off to find receptive female figs to pollinate and male figs in which to lay their eggs.
All fig photographs taken at Mesilau in the Kinabalu Park on 4 March 2011 by Astrid Cruaud and Jean-Yves Rasplus.
According to Beman & Anderson’s (2004) list of Kinabalu plants, Ficus virescens is one of the rarest figs in Borneo (or indeed the world) with a very few records from the Liwagu and Mesilau Valeys on Kinabalu between 1,000-2,000m. F. virescens has also been recorded once in the Crocker Range next to the Sabah Parks cabins on Gunung Alab.