Hevea brasiliensis

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Name and publication

Hevea brasiliensis (Wilold. Ex A. Juss.) Müll. Arg., Linnaea 34: 204 (1865).

Description

Segments of the fruits of the rubbertree or para rubber are sold in the potpourri trade as “ear pods” because of their resemblance to human ears. The full capsule is large and three-lobed, exploding on opening into six segments. Individual segments are often bent or coiled, 4-5 cm long x 1.5-2.5 cm wide.

Nativity and distribution

Hevea brasiliensis is native to South America but widely cultivated in the tropics.

Family

Euphorbiaceae