ABOVE: Botanist Tony Lamb standing next to a mutilated Ficus nervosa next to the lake at the Government Rest House at Telupid in Sabah.

Ficus nervosa is one of Borneo’s most interesting figs, previously considered to be a rare inhabitant of hill forest on Kinabalu. Following this rediscovery in Ranau by Shuai LIAO , F.nervosa is now known to be common in degraded lowland  forest in Sabah. All photos by Quentin Phillipps taken on 17 October 2014.

In virgin forest Ficus nervosa grows into a tall forest tree with a straight white trunk and prominent buttresses hence this individual tree remained unrecognized for five years.

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