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 with sugar added.

The figs ripen green and are dispersed by small Cynopterus fruit bats. In Borneo confined to Sabah where it is uncommon in lowland and hill forest. This fig is often confused with Ficus fistulosa, Ficus rosulata or Ficus satterthwaitei.

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

DISTINGUISH

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

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)