FICUS RIBES Reinw. ex Blume (1825)                                                            SYCOCARPUS

Latin; Ribes  (Currant family)  from the similarity of the figs to red currants.

Habit: A small un-distinctive  tree with very distinctive  masses of small red figs spotted white hanging from the trunk on pendulous stolons or growing  in cauliferous bunches directly on the trunk. Often the stolons emerge from the trunk at ground level and the figs may appear several meters on the soil surface away from the tree at ground level.

All photos in this article are courtesy of Shuai LIAO Collection reference 20190369 photographed near the Mesilau Resort  entrance road on Kinabalu.

Mesilau Access Road: This access road  starts near the Kinabalu Golf Course on the Pinosuk Plateau just north of Kundasang. Following the 5 June 2015 earthquake on Kinabalu the road was closed  but as of March 2020 the road has been re-opened and the Mesilau Resort is undergoing repairs.

TAXONOMIC NOTE:  Berg (2005) see below made no reference to the existence of Ficus ribes in Borneo. During the Pleistocene ice ages  large areas of Sumatra, Java and Borneo were joined by land  (Sundaland) with continuous corridors of montane forest linking the mountains of these separate islands. It is likely that the existence of Ficus ribes on Kinabalu and in the Crocker Range is a relic of these past ice ages.

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02 Ficus stolonifera Mesilau ●20190369★ Shuai LIAO-LSL_9316

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