Hevea discolor Spruce ex Pax
Hevea duckei Huber
Hevea benthamiana is usually a medium-sized, evergreen tree growing up to 20 metres tall, though specimens up to 27 metres have been encountered[
The tree yields a high quality latex, used for making rubber. It has occasionally been cultivated in Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia as a source of latex[
]. The tree is often tapped commercially, but it has never been used for plantation stock[
]. It is also used in breeding programmes (e.g. In Malaysia) to improve the disease resistance and growth characters of H. Brasiliensis[
]. The seeds are an important food source for native people in some parts of the Amazon, though in other areas they are used as a food in times of famine only.
The seeds contain cyanic compounds are poisonous to humans unless treated[
]. See notes on edible uses below[
Northern S. America - northern Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela.
Low alluvial flood-sites and often-times growing in all year Mauritia-bogs[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Seed - cooked[
]. Poisonous raw, the seeds are boiled for 24 hours, then the liquid is strained off[
]. The mass that remains has somewhat the colour and consistency of rice that has been boiled a long time[
]. The seeds are commonly used by some native people, though other tribes view them only as famine foods when better foods are not available[
A good quality, pure-white latex, suitable for making rubber, is obtained from the tree[
]. It produces a rubber only slightly inferior to that of Hevea brasiliensis[
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