Ficus geocharis growing along the trail to the temple at Matang in Kubah NP near Kuching, Sarawak. Note the orange circles in the photo above showing a tiny auricle or “ear” at the base of each leaf. The presence of an auricle distinguishes this fig from Ficus beccarii which has similar  long narrow leaves and a very long drop tip  but no auricle.

Both F. beccarii and F. geocharis are “earth figs” i.e. they produce their fig fruit on long stolons from the base of the trunk. The figs are normally covered in bracts and sometimes are very hairy.

All photographs by Elliot Gardner taken on 17 February 2020. The photos include the  leaves of two separate plants growing near each other. Collections # EG890 and #EG899.

The photos were taken as part of a project entitled Ethnobotany and ethnotaxonomy of Moraceae in Sarawak supported by the National Parks Board of Singapore.

EG 899 Ficus cf beccarii EG899 01

 

Ficus cf beccarri EG890 d.JPG

Ficus cf beccarri EG890 d - Copy.JPG

 

Ficus cf beccarri EG890 a.JPG

Ficus cf beccarii EG902 same as 899 specimen b.JPG

Ficus cf beccarii EG902 same as 899 specimen c.JPG

Ficus cf beccarii EG902 same as 899 specimen d.JPG

Ficus cf beccarri EG890 c.JPG