A Ficus nervosa fig tree growing next to the Sg Kemantis river bridge on the way to the Sayap sub-station on the western slopes of Kinabalu Park.
Ficus nervosa used to be considered one of Borneo’s rarest figs, however recent discoveries indicate that F. nervosa is locally common in hill forest in Sabah. F. nervosa is probably a pioneer colonizer of hill forest landslips. Elsewhere Ficus nervosa is a pioneer plant on newly formed volcanic islands in the Sunda straits between Java and Sumatra where it was probably carried by Flying Foxes.
Sayap is a scenic village approx. 2.5 hours drive north of Kota Kinabalu with an active home stay program which attracts tourists from all over the world.
This same fig tree was illustrated in a previous article on Ficus nervosa.
Photos and information provided by Shavez Cheema and Chun Xing WONG of 1Stop Borneo Wildlife.