Ficus megaleia growing next to the Kimanis-Keningau road which runs through the Crocker Range Park in Sabah.
Ficus megaleia is one of two very common earth figs that grow along roadsides in the hills of Sabah. According to Berg & Chantarasuwan (2007) A study on the taxonomy of some stoloniferous species of Ficus’ Ficus megaleia can be distinguished from another common earth fig Ficus malayana by two key features of the leaves (1) 6-24 side vein pairs not 6-7 pairs and (2) With F. megaleia the majority of side veins are “furcate” (split) before they reach the margin of the leaf. With F. malayana a maximum of one or two side veins are furcate. Both these key features be easily seen in the photos of F. megaleia shown below.
All photos by Shuai LIAO taken on 9 September 2019. Collection #20190379.