Ficus heteropoda  showing the tiny bracts on the surface of the fig. These  bracts have been marked with orange arrows.

The presence of these bracts instantly distinguishes F. heteropoda  from Ficus variegata which looks superficially similar.

Ficus variegata is a very common both in Borneo and the Philippines and Sulawesi. In contrast Ficus  heteropoda is common in the Philippines and Sulawesi but was unknown in Borneo until this discovery.

These photos were taken  on 6 November 2013 of a fig tree growing next to the front entrance to the Samboja Lestari Lodge near Balikpapan in East Kalimantan.

 

Notice the distinctive leaves which are often opposite with long petioles (leaf stalks) of different lengths. This is another distinctive feature of Ficus heteropoda.

Notice the distinctive leaves which are often opposite with long petioles (leaf stalks) of different lengths. This is a distinctive feature of Ficus heteropoda.