Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Rubber, the latex

No blood in this tree, only pure white latex. This is the finest natural rubber in the world; and it's from the Hevea brasiliensis tree, the same one selected by Henry Ford for his plantations at Fordlandia and Belterra. It was also the one picked by Sir Henry Wickham for his exploitation of seeds, those 70,000 taken to Kew Gardens in 1876.

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