ABOVE: Photo of a Ficus variegata sapling next to the Nexus Resort access road near Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. Ficus variegata sapling leaves  are always dentate (toothed) whilst the  leaves of adult trees (photo below)  are not. All photos by Quentin Phillipps.

Ficus variegata is one of the most common figs  in Borneo found both in  virgin and primary forest. The world range extends from India to Australia. The difference between sapling and adult leaves has led to some confusion in the past.

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Ficus variegata (adult tree leaves) photo taken along the Nexus  Resort access road  near Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. Note that the leaves are slightly wavy but not distinctly toothed.
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Ficus variegata sapling photographed inside the orchid house at Kipandi Butterfly House in the Crocker Range, Sabah. Note the dentate leaves
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Ficus variegata sapling photographed inside the orchid house at Kipandi Butterfly Farm in the Crocker Range, Sabah. Note the dentate leaves
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CSIRO photo of a sapling Ficus variegata photographed in Australia. Note the dentate leaves.
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Drawing of adult leaves of Ficus variegata in India taken from Roxburgh (1824) Flora Indica