Ficus midotis Corner, Gard. Bull. Sing. 17 (1960)

Name meaning 'obscure'.

Shrub (strangler) up to 10 m tall and 10 cm dbh. Stem with white sap. Stipules ca. 6 mm long, glabrous. Leaves alternate, simple, penni- to tripli-veined, glabrous, sometimes strongly unequal base. Fruits ca. 6 mm diameter, yellow-orange-red-purple, globose figs along the twigs.

Dioecious tree, up to 10 m tall (or epiphyte). Twigs up to 0.25 cm thick, yellowish brown. Stipules linear or lanceolate, up to 1.2 cm long, caducous. Leaves spirally arranged, thin-coriaceous, glabrous, rough to the touch; ovate to elliptic or oblong, 8.5-18 x 2.5- 8 cm, base symmetric and cuneate, or asymmetric and with tiny auricle on one side, margin faintly lobed or toothed or entire and plane, apex caudate, acumen 1-4.5 cm long; midrib flat or rarely raised above, sharply keeled below; lateral veins 5-7 pairs, well-spaced, curved, with short veins in between, raised below, faint or rarely sunken above, basal pair extending up to 1/3 the length of the blade, with a gland in the axils of one or both of the veins; intercostal venation reticulate, faint on both surfaces; petiole 0.3-1 cm long. Syconia paired or in clusters, axillary or borne on twigs behind the leaves or on stem, ripening yellow to red, subglobose, 0.16-1 cm diameter, apex umbonate; peduncle 0.3-2.5 cm long; basal bracts 1-2, minute, lateral bracts absent; internal bristles absent or few, minute. Tepals 5-7, whitish, oblong, puberulous, slightly united at the base. Achenes oblong, c. 1.5 mm long, somewhat compressed, keeled at the apex. [from Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak]

In undisturbed to slightly disturbed (open) mixed dipterocarp, (peat)-swamp, and (sub-)montane forests up to 2800 m altitude. Common on alluvial sites and along rivers and streams. Also found on ultrabasic.

Fruits edible.


Local names
Borneo: Akah lumuk opak, Akah marap, Andai (Bidayuh), Kara (Iban), Kayu ara, Kayu arah, Punuoh.