Hevea confusa Hemsl.
Hevea humilior Ducke
Hevea membranacea Müll. Arg.
Hevea minor Hemsl.
Hevea paludosa Ule
Siphonia pauciflora Spruce ex Benth.
Hevea pauciflora is an evergreen tree that grows up to 18 metres tall[
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 trees are sometimes tapped for their latex. The species is used in breeding work (e.g. in Malaysia) to improve the disease resistance and growth characters of H. Brasiliensis[
The seeds contain cyanic compounds are poisonous to humans unless treated[
]. See notes on edible uses below[
Northern S. America - northern Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Rocky hillsides or high river-banks which are well drained and safe from the annual flood[
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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 applied to the skin in order to suffocate parasitic botfly larvae[
A white latex is obtained from the tree[
]. It is low in rubber content and high in resin[
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