Ficus stricta (Miq.) Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi 3: 266 (1867)
Species name meaning 'drawn close together, stiff', referring to the fruits?
Urostigma strictum Miq.
Strangler fig. Stipule glabrous. Leaves alternate and glabrous, elongate, smooth margin, venation
faint with secondary veins close together, looping near margin. Figs placed on twigs, greenish-
Monoecious strangler, 15-20 m tall. Twigs crooked, not drooping, brown, 0.2-0.3 cm thick. Leaves
glabrous, drying to straw colour; elliptic, 10-15 x 3.5-8.5 cm, base cuneate, margin
entire, plane, apex acute; midrib flat above; lateral veins numerous, close and parallel,
very faint on both surfaces, with 2-3 shorter veins in between; intercostal venation
invisible; petiole 1-1.2 cm long, channelled on the adaxial side, drying yellowish. Syconia
on twigs behind the leaves, sessile, subglobose, 1-1.2 cm diameter, irregularly wrinkled
on drying, apex umbonate; basal bracts ovate, prominent, persistent. [from Tree Flora of Sabah
Forests up to 1800 m elevation. Oriental pied hornbills were observed to feed on its ripe
syconia in Singapore.
From Southern China into Indochina, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi,
China: jin zhi rong.