Caoutchoua elastic J.F.Gmel.
Caoutchoua guianensis (Aubl.) O.F.Cook
Hevea andinensis Preusse-Sperber
Hevea apiculata Spruce ex Baill.
Hevea caucho Posada-Ar.
Hevea collina Huber
Hevea cuneata (Huber) Huber
Hevea elastica (L.f.) H.Karst.
Hevea foxii Huber
Hevea glabrescens Huber
Hevea lutea (Spruce ex Benth.) Müll.Arg.
Hevea marginata Ducke
Hevea nigra Ule
Hevea peruviana Aubl.
Jatropha elastica L.f.
Siphonanthus elasticus Schreb. ex Baill.
Siphonia apiculata Spruce ex Baill.
Siphonia cahuchu Rich. ex Willd.
Siphonia elastic Pers.
Siphonia guianensis (Aubl.) Juss. ex Baill.
Siphonia lutea Spruce ex Benth.
Hevea guianensis is an evergreen tree that often grows very large, to more than 30 metres tall, and frequently overtops the jungle canopy[
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. Even though its cream-yellow latex yields a rubber of inferior quality, the species is assiduously tapped over a wide area[
The seeds contain cyanic compounds are poisonous to humans unless treated[
]. See notes on edible uses below[
S. America - Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Well-drained upland or on high river-banks which are subject to light flooding for only a short period[
]. Marsh forest, especially along creeks in rainforest, savannah forest and forested slopes[
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A very variable species[
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[
The latex obtained from the tree is used to kill parasitic botfly larvae[
The tree (part not specified) is used to treat infections from the bite of the warble fly[
A latex is obtained from the tree[
]. Yields a rubber of inferior quality[
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