The photos in this article show the young figs of Ficus cucurbitina covered by “calyptrate bud covers“.

Bud covers are  tough temporary  pockets to protect the young figs from insect attack. Whilst the figs of many stranglers  have bud covers, the bud covers of Ficus cucurbitina appear to be the biggest and toughest.

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

and the staff of the Sandakan Herbarium with thanks to Suzana Sabran.

SAN collection #157566