Natural rubber comes from Hevea brasiliensis, the rubber tree. It produces latex from vessels in its bark, which is collected through rubber tapping. The bark is slashed and the latex collected in buckets. The tree originated in the Amazon rainforest but has been cultivated in areas with similar climates for commercial purposes.
Reaching as high as 130 feet, the rubber tree is recognized for its milky white sap, or commonly called latex. Yes, the rubber tree is used to make rubber. Who would have thought? Sometimes called rubberwood, the tree is tapped for latex at six-years-old and reproduces by scattering its seeds as far as 100 feet from itself.
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