ABOVE: Photo of a Ficus variegata sapling next to the Nexus Resort access road near Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. Both Ficus variegata and Ficus fistulosa sapling leaves are always dentate (toothed) whilst the leaves of adult trees (photo below) are not.
Ficus variegata and Ficus fistulosa are two of the most common figs in Borneo found both in virgin and secondary forest and along roadsides . Adult trees are easy to distinguish from their growth habits. The leaves of the two species are also quite different. Below we show examples of the dentate juvenile leaves of both species.