Ficus malayana, female fig fruits. This F. malayana plant is an “earth fig” growing in the Tabin BORA rhino orchard .
The BORA orchard is planted with rhino food plants of many species but especially the shrubby figs which are the most favoured food of the Sumatran rhinos at Tabin.
All photos by Dr Zainal Zahari Zainuddin
The rhino keepers call this fig Sendera berbulu (Hairy buds) and say that the rhinos love the young leaves but are not quite so fond of the older leaves. As can be seen from a cross-section through one of the fig fruits below this individual plant is a female.