Ficus racemosa is one of the most common and productive figs in Borneo. The typical preferred habitat are the muddy banks of large slow flowing rivers in lowland Borneo. F. racemosa commonly grows in the rich alluvial soil on the banks of the Katingan and Mentaya rivers but it is not normally found in peat-swamp forest.
At the Katingan -Mentaya project small branches are rooted as cuttings and then transferred to polybags- before planting in the field. If all the river banks at the Katingan-Mentaya project are lined with Ficus racemosa trees the rivers will act as wildlife corridors to bring the surrounding degraded peat swamps back to natural diversity of plants and animals.
All photos by Labay Dapi Field Manager for Katingan-Mentaya Project.