When a Ficus virens strangler flushed with new young leaves at Tawau Hills Park HQ at the beginning of September 2020 the resident troop of Long-Tailed Macaques were soon visiting every day to eat the young leaves. Young leaves are both softer and contain less toxins than old leaves.

Notes (1) This young strangler later fell off the tree in a storm and has been replanted in the Tawau Hills, Plant for Borneo fig garden.

(2) This fig was previously mistakenly identified at as Ficus kerkhovenii but the  stubby brown resting stipule showd that this fig is clearly in Section Urostigma (Ficus caulocarpa or Ficus virens) and not Section Conosycea (most stranglers).


Photos by Shavez Cheema  and Chun Xing Wong of 1StopBorneo Wildlife