Ficus elastica Roxb. ex Hornem.
|English Name:||Indian Rubber Tree|
|Synonym:||Ficus elastica var.rubraL.|
|Common Name:||Assam rubber|
|Flowering & Fruiting Period:||February - May|
|Habitat:||Planted as ornamental tree|
|Uses:||Young leaves are eaten as vegetable. A decoction of the aerial rootlets is used as a vulnerary. The latex has been successfully used to treat five cases of trichuriasis. Latex is obtained from the bark of the stem; this can be used for all applications of natural rubber.|
|Key Characteristics:||Ficuselastica is a large evergreen, spreading branches without prop roots. Leaves lamina glossy above, oblong, margins entire.Hypanthodia sessile, pale-greenish. Male flowers: pedicellate, dispersed in the interior of receptacle; sepals 3- 4, ovate. Female flowers: sessile; sepals 4, free, ovary smooth with subterminal style. Figs ovoid-oblong, pale to yellowish brown.|