- San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
Fig (Ficus): Mysore Fig Ficus mysorensis
FAMILY: MORACEAE (Mulberry Family)
From Mysore, India, this large tree is a rapid grower if it gets enough water and room to develop. The crisp leaves are 6 inches (15 centimeters) wide by 10 inches (25 centimeters) long and have a small drip tip at the end. The figs are densely covered with rust-colored fuzz that fades as the fig matures to reddish purple.
This species is used as browse for Zoo primates whenever it is available; its fruits are offered to hatchlings in our Avian Propagation Center. You'll find the Mysore fig at the top of Bear Canyon and Tiger River, and also at the Safari Park, on the elevated walkway near Mombasa Lagoon in Nairobi Village.