Ficus magnoliifolia growing as a shrub next to and supported by another small tree  at the Royal Mulu Resort in Sarawak. F. magnoliifolia is a very rare fig in Borneo with only a few collections known. Like other figs in Section Oreiosycea  it is probably more common than herbarium collections indicate. This is due to the difficulties of  (a) recognizing the leaves without the  figs present and (b) making collections from very tall trees with straight trunks.

The Royal Mulu Resort was built on stilts on  the flood plain of the Melinau River  which frequently overflows its banks and floods the surrounding forest. In the photo below, the muddy ground next to the river bank has been covered by  wooden decking. It appears that the original Ficus manoliifolia tree was felled when the decking was installed and some new shoots of the felled tree are growing up through the decking next to a small forest tree which was left unscathed.

The F. magnoliifolia  leaves were large, thick and waxy with a shiny upper surface. When cut the leaves emitted copious white sticky latex. The leaf venation exactly matches  this herbarium collection of Ficus magnoliifolia  from the Philippines.

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The Melianu river is a tributary of the Tutoh river. The Tutoh river is a tributary of the mighty Baram river which flows into the sea just north of the the town of Miri in N. Sarawak on the  border of Sarawak  and Brunei.