rubber tree


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rubber tree

n.
1. A tropical South American tree (Hevea brasiliensis) widely cultivated especially in Asia for its latex, which is collected from slashes made in the bark and used to make commercial rubber.
2. Any of several other trees having similar latex or sap.

rubber tree

n
(Plants) a tropical American euphorbiaceous tree, Hevea brasiliensis, cultivated throughout the tropics, esp in Malaya, for the latex of its stem, which is the major source of commercial rubber. See also Pará rubber

rub′ber tree`


n.
any tree that yields latex from which rubber is produced, esp. Hevea brasiliensis, of the spurge family, native to South America, the chief commercial source of rubber.
[1840–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rubber tree - small genus of South American trees yielding latexrubber tree - small genus of South American trees yielding latex; "rubber trees are usually cultivated in plantations"
rosid dicot genus - a genus of dicotyledonous plants
Euphorbiaceae, family Euphorbiaceae, spurge family - a family of plants of order Geraniales
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In this great district the wild rubber tree flourishes, and has become, as in the Congo, a curse to the natives which can only be compared to their forced labor under the Spaniards upon the old silver mines of Darien.
But he was trapped amid the palms and rubber trees.
It starts its journey from the latex of the natural rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis.
Today, approximately 90 percent of all natural rubber is harvested from the Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree, which is primarily grown in tropical regions of Southeast Asia.
Tyre makers' worst fear is that an uncontrollable fungus that has choked all attempts to run plantations in Brazil -- where the rubber tree originates -- might one day wreak havoc in Southeast Asia.
While Malaysia is one of the major locations of rubber tree plantations in the world, the wood is actually a native of the Amazon basin.
Malaysian rubber tree, which is currently America's main source of natural rubber.
Though native to the Amazon, the rubber tree can't be grown for commercial operation there because a fungal disease called South American leaf blight quickly infests any closely spaced plantations.
The launch of economic reforms and opening up in Xishuangbanna in the 1980s have brought about mass internal migration, along with tourism, rubber tree plantations, international timber trade, urbanisation, as well as infrastructural projects for rural roads and international transportation linkages.
This reference for researchers and rubber plantation managers describes the biology, physiology, plant structure, and breeding of the Heavea rubber tree, offering information applicable to rubber production around the world.
At a distance its pointed shoots and large glossy and leathery leaves give it something of the appearance of a rubber tree, although on close inspection the inner side of the leaves of most forms have an attractive brownish felt.