The photo shows the the ripe figs of Ficus pisocarpa. Note the obvious ostiole (hole) at the bottom of the fig.

This small strangler was photographed at 1080 m in cloud forest next to the main trail to Gunung Lucia in Tawau Hills Park in east Sabah.

All photos by Chun Xing Wong of 1StopBorneo Wildlife  

The figs resemble Ficus pisocarpa whilst the leaves resemble Ficus pellucidopunctata.

  F. pisocarpa F.pellucidopunctata
Status Common lowland forest Common lowland forest
Size Small strangler Small strangler
Basal veins Very distinct Only slightly distinct
Basal veins Up to 50% of leaf length Up to 25% of leaf length
Side veins 3-6 pairs 6-12 pairs
Side veins Obvious and sunken Obscure flat
Leaf side Revolute (edge turned under) Flat
Leaf shape Oval to oblong Oblong
Fig ostiole Open with plain rim Open with red/pink rim
Fig color Yellow Pale green/white yellow
Fig shape Small round Medium oblong


A study by Parish et al (2003) Genetic Evidence for Natural Hybridization between Species of Dioecious Ficus  found that  one in seven of the figs they studied in Indonesia contained hybrid genes . Therefore hybrids are likely to be relatively common in Bornean figs. Typically hybrid figs will bear figs that look like one species and leaves that look like another species. See also this article illustrating possible hybrids..