TIBIG Ficus nota (Blanco) Merr. (1904)                                               Section Sycocarpus

Habit: A small tree which grows along the edge of forest and streams and in secondary forest, often next to villages. Tibig is one of the most common figs in the Philippines. The unripe female figs are eaten as part of a salad or can be eaten  raw with sugar added.

The figs ripen green and are dispersed by small Cynopterus fruit bats. In Borneo confined to East Sabah where it is locally common  on the banks of rivers and on the forest edge.

Ficus nota  is often confused with Ficus fistulosa, Ficus rosulata or Ficus satterthwaitei.

All photos by Shuai LIAO taken on 12 September 2019. Collection #20190423.


From Ficus fistulosa by the  more prominent glands and hairy twigs and particularly the cordate (heart shaped) leaf base on both sides.

In general the leaves of  Ficus nota are larger coarser and more hairy above and below than the leaves of Ficus fistulosa.

From Ficus rosulata by the flat (not upright)  bracts around the ostiole.

From Ficus satterthwaitei by the lack of swellings or  bracts on the side of the  fig fruit. Note that Ficus satterthwaitei is very closely related to Ficus nota.

08 Ficus fistulosa hybrid Tongod, Beside Jln Imbak - Luasong●20190423★ Shuai LIAO-LSL_1631

Note the typical cordate (heart-shaped) base of the leaf. Some leaves may be cordate on one side only.

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Nota Corner 2005 map - Copy
Ficus nota: Distribution map from Berg (2005)