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Ficus elastica

COMMON NAME

Rubber tree or India rubber tree

TYPE

Tree

FAMILY

Moraceae

NOTES

A large tree in the banyan group of figs, growing to 50 to 100 ft tall, with a stout trunk up to 6 ft in diameter. The trunk develops aerial and buttressing roots to anchor it in the soil and help support heavy branches. It is noted for its thick, leathery, glossy, dark green leaves (to 12” long and 5” wide) and pink to purplish stipules. Milky sap from these trees was used to make an inferior rubber in the early 1900s, but it should not be confused with the ParĂ¡ rubber tree, the main commercial source of latex for rubber making.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

E. Asia - India, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia

NATIVE HABITAT

Hill forest, particularly on cliffs and limestone hills

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

tropical.theferns.info



Ficus elastica