Tree up to 40 m tall, hemi-epiphytic or (secondarily?) terrestrial. internal hairs absent. Leaves subdistichous; stipules (0.7-)2-3 cm long, glabrous, drying often pale brown (to blackish), caducous, often involute when dry. Ovary partly red to whitish.
Andaman Islands: present Asia-Tropical:, Jawa (Jawa ‒ present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia ‒ present); Philippines (Philippines ‒ present); Sumatera (Sumatera ‒ present) Atjeh: present Burma: present Luzon: cultivated S China: present
Burma (Andaman Islands), S China, Indochina; in Malesia: Sumatra (Atjeh), Malay Peninsula, Java, Philippines (Luzon, probably only in cultivation).
This species is very close to F. benjamina from which it differs in the large basal bracts, unequal in shape and size, and in the distinctly longer stipules. The species occurs scattered in the western part of the range of F. benjamina and is rather poorly represented in herbarium collections.
Miq. - in Zoll., Syst. Verz. 2. 1854: 91
Corner - in Gard. Bull. Singapore. 1965: 21
Backer & Bakh.f. - in Fl. Java. 1965: 24
Miq. - in Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak. 2000: 226
King - in Sp. Ficus. 1887: t. 53
Koord. - in Atlas Baumart. Java. 1916: t. 736
Gagnep. - in Fl. Indo-Chine. 1928: 758
Kochummen - in Tree Fl. Malaya. 1978: 157
Miq. - in Fl. Ind. Bat. 1859: 344
Koord. & Valeton - in Bijdr. Boomsoort. Java. 1906: 122