Hevea discolor (Spruce ex Benth.) Müll.Arg.
Hevea paraensis Baill.
Hevea similis Hemsl.
Micrandra ternata R.Br.
Siphonia discolor Spruce ex Benth.
Siphonia spruceana Benth.
Hevea spruceana is an evergreen tree. The bole is conspicuously bellied at the base[
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. This species is favoured for food since it produces the largest seed in the genus[
]. The plant yields a latex, but this is of low quality for rubber[
]. It is used in breeding programmes to improve the disease resistance of the rubber tree (H. Brasiliensis)[
The seeds contain cyanic compounds are poisonous to humans unless treated[
]. See notes on edible uses below[
Northern S. America - northern Brazil, Guyana.
Low and very deeply flooded river-banks in the rainforest[
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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[
A latex obtained from the plant can be used to make rubber[
]. The plant yields a watery, white latex that is almost devoid of rubber[
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