This magnificent Ficus albipila fig tree is growing in remnant riverine forest along the Apas river which flows through an oil palm estate between Tawau Airport and Tawau town in East Sabah.
Ficus alpipila is deciduous and changes its leaves at least once a year. This tree has already lost half its leaves. John Payne notes that this tree had copious very watery yellow latex. The Apas river is bordered by oil palm on the northern side and cattle grazing ground on the south side.
Thanks to John Payne and Dr Zainal of BORA for photos and information. Photo taken 29.09.2021
Notice the long petioles (leaf stalks) which distinguish this fig from Ficus melinocarpa which has a similar appearance.