Difference between revisions of "Ficus elastica"

Roxburgh ex Hornemann

Suppl. Hort. Bot. Hafn.,7. 1819

Common names: India rubber plant
Synonyms: Macrophthalma elastica Urostigma elasticum
Found in FNA Volume 3.
Line 5: Line 5:
|common_names=India rubber plant
|common_names=India rubber plant
|synonyms=Macrophthalma elastica;Urostigma elasticum;Visiania elastica
|synonyms=Macrophthalma elastica;Urostigma elasticum
|hierarchy=Moraceae;Ficus;Ficus elastica
|hierarchy=Moraceae;Ficus;Ficus elastica
|volume=Volume 3
|volume=Volume 3

Latest revision as of 20:39, 10 July 2019

Trees, evergreen, to 12 m, epiphytic when young. Roots aerial, abundant. Bark gray, smooth or slightly roughened. Branchlets greenish brown, glabrous. Leaves: stipules 3-10 cm; petiole 2.5-10 cm. Leaf blade oblong-elliptic to obovate, 9-30 × 5-12 cm, leathery, base rounded, margins entire, apex abruptly short-acuminate or apiculate; surfaces abaxially and adaxially glabrous; basal veins 1(-2) pairs; lateral veins 10 or more, parallel; secondary veins inconspicuous. Syconia paired, sessile, greenish yellow, oblong-ovoid, ca. 2 × ca. 1.5 cm, glabrous; subtending bracts caducous, leaving annual scar, entirely enclosing young syconia, glabrous; ostiole closed by 3 apical bracts, umbonate.

Phenology: Flowering all year.
Habitat: Disturbed sites
Elevation: 0-10 m


Introduced; Fla., West Indies (Lesser Antilles), Asia (native to India).


Ficus elastica is commonly cultivated. It has not been collected recently in the area of the flora.