Ficus drupacea growing in the center of Kampung Titingan a coastal shanty town next to Tawau town in Sabah.
The Ficus drupacea at Kg Titingan is probably the finest and largest Ficus drupacea in Borneo and much appreciated by the local inhabitants of all ages as shown in the photos below. When this fig tree started its life, the land where Kg Titingan now stands was beach forest. The fig tree has been protected from felling by local beliefs that giant fig trees host spirits called “Datuks” or grandfathers which can become malevolent if disturbed.
Thanks to Dr Zainal Zahari Zainuddin and Google Maps for this information and images
One unusual characteristic of the Ficus drupacea at Kg Titingan is that different branches often produce figs that ripen at different times. See photos above and below taken on the same date. Normally with strangling figs the whole crop is synchronized to fruit simultaneously.
The seafront of Tawau town. The main town to the left and Kampung Titingan to the right. The giant Ficus drupacea fig is located near the Police Station on Jalan Tawau Lama in Kampung Titingan (blue arrow).
Google Tawau Map link