This Ficus subcordata strangling fig is hosted by a giant dipterocarp tree at Tawau Hills Park in SE Sabah.
Note that the fig is also supported by two of it’s own drop down roots creating a tripod support.
With out this extra support it is likely that the dipterocarp would already have been toppled in a storm.
The rich volcanic soils at Tawau Hills Park in Sabah host numerous giant dipterocarps, one of which until recently was thought to be one of the tallest trees in the world. See below.
By hitching a lift on a local dipterocarp this fig may be the tallest fig tree in the world.
Photos and information provided by Shavez Cheema and Chun Xing WONG of 1Stop Borneo Wildlife.