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Product: Chicle

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   Chicle belongs to these categories: Polymers, Recreation products
   and originated in The Americas

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CHICLE

Manilkara zapota (L.) P. Royen (Sapotaceae).

First described scientifically as Achras zapota by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753 from an illustration made by the French botanist Charles Plumier in 1703, purportedly based on West Indian plants. The Dutch botanist Pieter van Royen placed it in the genus Manilkara in 1953.

Native to the forests of Mexico and Mesoamerica.

Life form: tropical forest tree.

Parts used: white milky sap.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Sloane Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Manilkara zapota (L.) P.Royen - Chicle)