Ficus dubia growing along the trail from base Camp to Police beach on Gaya Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park opposite Kota Kinabalu. Although a member of the Section Conosycea stranglers Ficus dubia never strangles the host but survives by dropping down one or two large roots which provide water and nutrients from the ground. In this unusual case the host tree has obviously rotted away whilst the fig has survived with the support of a single root.
All photos by Shuai LIAO. Collection # 20190328
For a comparison with Ficus drupacea which grows along the same trail click here.