Ficus callosa juvenile leaves from a sapling grown at the BORA fig orchard at Tabin.  The juvenile leaves are longer and narrower  (generally much larger)  than the adult leaves  and often more or less scalloped or lobed.  All photos by Dr Zainal Zahari Zainuddin 

Information on the BORA Rhino Orchard

For additional illustrations of juvenile F. callosa  lobed leaves  see these articles;

Ficus callosa: Introduction

Ficus callosa: Talang Talang Islands, Sarawak.

Note that the juvenile leaves of F. vasculosa may also be lobed.


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Ficus callosa juvenile leaves  from a sapling at the BORA rhino orchard at Tabin. These leaves are a favorite rhino food. This may explain why in Sabah at least, Ficus callosa trees are often found on the edge of towns  and only rarely in the forest. In the forest the sapling leaves  are probably predated by browsers such as Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Banteng, Pigmy Elephants and in the past rhinos.

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