Ficus nervosa pubinervis rediscovered in the center of Ranau . This rare fig was discovered next to the Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan Road near the Liwagu river bridge on 7 September 2019 by Shuai LIAO and a team of botanists from the Sandakan Herbarium.
The long hairy stipule distinguishes F. nervosa from similar figs.
All photos by Shuai LIAO a PHD student based at the Morton Arboretum near Chicago, researching the taxonomy of Section Conosycea (strangler) figs. Borneo is a world center of diversity for all figs including strangling figs.
This is the Google Street view of the Ficus nervosa discovered in Ranau, Sabah. Kinabalu is on the right (shrouded in clouds) so the tree is on the south side of the road not far from the Jalan Limbang Marakau roundabout on the main Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan Road (Section Jalan Tun Hussien Onn) in Ranau.