Rubber Wood Plant

Description

Scientist Name : "Ficus eleastica". In the wild, the rubber tree will grow to heights of 100 to 130 feet, and can live up to 100 years. Its most famous feature is the milky white sap, known as latex. The rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is a fast growing, medium to tall tree with deep tap-roots. The trunk is smooth and straight with a grayish bark. It is known for its laticiferous system from which latex is extracted by tapping the trunk. Leaves are trifoliate, 10 to 15 cm long and 3 to 6 cm broad. The rubber tree starts bearing fruit at four years of age. Each fruit contains three or four seeds, which fall to the ground when the fruit ripens and splits. Each tree yields about 800 seeds (1.3 kg) twice a year.