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Seeds of Trade

 
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Product: Rubber

Other products:  
   Rubber belongs to the category Polymers
   and originated in The Americas

 SUMMARY
 WILD RELATIVES
 ORIGINS
 EARLY USES
 TRANSFER AND SPREAD
 AGRICULTURE
 MODERN CONTEXT
  POST HARVEST


RUBBER

Hevea brasiliensis (Willd. ex A. Juss.) Müll. Arg. (Euphorbiaceae).

Originally named as a species of Siphonia by the French botanist Antoine de Jussieu in 1824, it was placed in the genus Hevea by Johannes Müller (Argoviensis) of Aargau, Switzerland.

Native to the upper Amazon basin in South America.

Life form: tropical forest tree from lowland rainforest.

Parts used: sap tapped and used to produce rubber.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Illustration from the Plate Collection of the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London. (Hevea brasilensis (Willd. ex A. Juss.) Müll. Arg. - Rubber Tree)