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The Case Study Cylinder with Rubber Tree

Color:

Matte White
Matte Black

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YOUR PLANT OR GIFT IS GUARANTEED FOR 30 DAYS, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

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Rubber Tree -
Ficus elastica

Ficus elastica is a species of evergreen tropical tree native to southern China, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia. Belonging to the fig family, Moraceae, it was used for its latex sap to make rubber before synthetics were made available. However, the bulk of rubber made naturally comes from Hevea brasiliensis, a euphorb. Many plants contain substantial amounts of isoprene, but these two plants contain enough in their latexy sap to be used to make rubber.

In addition to being useful for rubber, in tropical Northeastern India, F. elastica roots are used to make living bridges!!! A dead tree trunk is put across a river, and the F. elastica roots are guided along the trunk. As the trunk rots, the roots grow to the other side, and thicken, and more roots are trained to complete the bridge. The bridge, being alive, resists wind and flooding well, because it is flexible. Truly, this tree is elastic in more than one sense!

PLANT ORIGINS

Indochina, through Southeast Asia to Indonesia

Plant Care

Light

Can handle it all-from direct sunlight to low light. Prefers indirect light.

Water

Water at least once a week. Let the top of soil go completely dry in-between waterings.

Extra Love

Rubber Trees like to be on the dry side, but not too dry.