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Ficus obscura 暗榕
Ficus scaberrima 粗葉榕 Dioecious
"....Previously F. scaberrima was known as Ficus pisifera but was split by Berg (2005) into two species, Ficus scaberrima in which the figs are hairless and Ficus obscura in which the figs are very hairy. ..."
Ficus scaberrima or Ficus obscura ?
Stranglers with Many Roots
Fruits from a a FEMALE tree
Ficus dubia 深紅果榕
Strangler with One Trunk
Ficus dubia fruits
Distinguishing Ficus drupacea and Ficus dubia by leaf and stipule.
Ficus dubia fruiting at Maliau attracts Borneo’s two largest hornbills.
Ficus subgelderi 淡金榕
Stranglers with One Trunk
淡金榕(金葉榕) Ficus subgelderi
Tree Trunk Figs
Ficus rosulata 施瓦茨榕
(Ficus schwarzii 2010)
Ficus schwarzii is now Ficus rosulata, Berg (2010)
淡棕葉榕 Ficus allutacea
Tree Trunk Figs
聚果榕 Ficus racemosa
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An unidentified NON-POLLINATING fig wasp
that also breed in the fig, but which play no role in the pollination process.
Non-pollinators fig wasp lay eggs through the fig skin early in fruit development.
Ficus punctata 橙黃榕
Some common Figs of Borneo
1-Ficus drupacea 枕果榕
2-Ficus religiosa 菩提樹 Monoecious 12.1mm
3-Ficus heteropleura 尾葉榕 Dioecious ♀8.5mm
4-Ficus obscura 暗榕 Dioecious ♀11.7mm
5-Ficus microcarpa 細葉榕 Monoecious 8.6mm
6-Ficus benjamina 垂葉榕 Monoecious 8.6mm
7-Ficus cumingii 糙毛榕 Dioecious ♂9.0mm
Some Common Figs of Borneo
1-Ficus heteropleura 尾葉榕 Dioecious ♀9.0mm
2-Ficus tinctoria 斜葉榕 Dioecious ♀9.5mm
3-Ficus cumingii 糙毛榕 Dioecious ♀11.0mm
4-Ficus septica 棱果榕 Dioecious ♂19.3mm
5-Ficus benjamina 垂葉榕 Monoecious 8.6mm
6-Ficus microcarpa 細葉榕 Monoecious 6.8mm
Some Common Figs of Tawau Town:
1- Ficus religiosa 菩提樹 Monoecious
2- Ficus microcarpa 細葉榕 Monoecious
3- Ficus benjamina 垂葉榕 Monoecious
4- Ficus tinctoria 斜葉榕 Dioecious
The Eight Physical types of Fig Trees in Borneo:
There are 8 types of Fig Trees physically:
1- Short Trees Earth Fig
2- Root Climber
3- Short Tree
5- Strangler with Many Roots
6- Strangler with One Trunk
7- Tall Tree
8- Tree Trunk Fig
The Two Reproduction types of Fig trees in Borneo:
There are 2 types of Fig trees in ways they reproduce:
1- Monoecious 雌雄同株 (having both male and female reproductive organs in the SAME plant.)
2- Dioecious雌雄異株 (having the male and female reproductive organs in SEPARATE plant.)
The Five Developing stages of a Dioecious Fig species with separate MALE and FEMALE trees:
|MALE FIG||FEMALE FIG|
|MALE figs do not produce seeds for system. Male figs host development of pollinator wasps to pollinate FEMALE figs that produce seeds to continue the system.||But for some FEMALE fruits that do not support wasp
development, the development stages is best classifies according
FEMALE figs produce seeds to continue the system. Female figs do not support in developing the eggs into wasps.
The Two Categories of Wasps that emerged from fig fruits:
Pollinators and non-pollinating fig wasps breed in the fig, but non-pollinating wasps play no role in the pollination process.
Non-pollinators are pest wasps
From fig fruits’s perspective they are unwanted interlopers. In Borneo, more than one species of non-pollinating fig wasp can be associated with a particular fig tree species. For example Ficus septica 棱果榕 has two non-pollinating wasps.
Most of the non-pollinators lay eggs by inserting their ovipositor through the fig wall from the outside of the fig. These wasps often have extremely long “tails” (external ovipositors) the length of which has been evolutionarily determined by wall thickness of their host fig species.
Tawau Hills Fig Garden at Tawau Hills Park in Sabah
Borneo’s second fig garden. (Started in 2021)
A conservation centre started in 2021 in planting local Ficus in Tawau Hills Park as a means to supply foods to the wildlife. With a long term goal of preserving the park's buffer zone into Borneo First Botanic Garden
".... we hope that this living example of what is possible will stimulate the creation of hundreds of similar projects throughout Borneo. We can provide free fig seeds and growing advice to anyone interested in similar projects and forest restoration....."
Plant4Tawau project objectives
Sabah Ficus Germplasm Centre (SFGC) at Tabin in Sabah
Borneo’s first fig garden. (Started in 2011)
A conservation centre started in 2011 in planting and cultivating many kinds of local Ficus in Tabin a means to supply rhino food. With a long-term plan of serving as a store of fig species of Sabah and a source of planting materials for restoration work in Forest Reserves and for private land owners.
Kinarut Figs Garden at Kg. Langkuas, Kinarut.
Tawau Figs Garden in Tawau, Sabah
Fig Tree Garden (FTG) at Tasek Gelugor, Penang.
Maliau Basin is perhaps the most mysterious of all jungles in Malaysia. It looks like a volcanic caldera surrounded by cliffs and slopes up to 1500 m in heights, making it almost impossible to access on foot from most directions. But for the determined, not only is it a rich unspoiled rainforest, it boasts an awe-inspiring seven-tier waterfall.
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