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Useful Tropical Plants

Urceola elastica

Roxb.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Tabernaemontana elastica (Roxb.) Spreng.

Tabernaemontana polyantha Miq.

Common Name:

Urceola elastica
Illustration of the leaves, flowers, fruits and seed
Photograph by: Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen
Public domain

General Information

Urceola elastica is a vigorous, evergreen climbing shrub
The plant is a source of a good quality rubber. At one time there was interest in exploiting the plant commercially[
387
Title
Economic Products of India. Volume 1.
Publication
 
Author
Watt. G.
Publisher
Government of India: Calcutta.
Year
1883
ISBN
 
Description
Although over 100 years old, it still contains a wealth of information on useful plants. Many of the botanical names have been changed since then, so you have to check for up to date names. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
] but, with the cultivation of the Brazil rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and then the discovery of synthetic rubber, interest in virtually all other rubber plants ceased[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Lowland forests[
334
Title
Flora of Peninsula Malaysia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.tfbc.frim.gov.my
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
In the process of being assembled (15/07/09), it is currently a series of check sheets giving species name, brief description, habitat and high quality photos of the plants.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A latex obtained from the plant can be used to make rubber[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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