ABOVE: This large Ficus kerkhovenii strangling fig is one of four growing on a hill on the opposite side of the Sungai Matang from Long Pasia village in SW Sabah.

Lait Lakong a tourist guide from Long Pasia shows the scale.

A well known characteristic of these large Ficus kerkhovenii fig trees is that  the roots often form a “knee” at the base of the trunk. See also this photo of Ficus kerhovenii in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The “knee”  may be the result of a seed growing directly from the ground rather than  starting off as an epiphyte. However the morphology of Ficus kerkhovenii is very varied  and the trees can also grow with a straight trunk without a knee or as a strangler.

This individual  Ficus kerkhovenii can be accessed via the Lyang Aanang Trail  which starts at the suspension bridge over the the Sungai Matang. It is shown as #2.1 in the aerial photo below.

Photos and information provided by Shavez Cheema and Chun Xing WONG of 1Stop Borneo Wildlife.