The rubber fig, also known as the rubber plant or the Indian rubber tree, is a popular ornamental plant known for its large, glossy leaves and ability to purify the air. It is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia and is a member of the mulberry family.
The scientific name of the rubber fig is Ficus elastica.
The plant is prized for its large, shiny leaves, reaching up to 12 inches in length.
Rubber figs can grow up to 100 feet tall in their native habitat.
It is commonly used as an ornamental plant in homes and offices.
The plant is known for its air-purifying abilities, removing pollutants from the air.
Rubber fig has a milky white sap that can cause skin irritation and should be handled carefully.
The plant is also known for absorbing sounds, making it a popular choice for soundproofing.
The leaves of the rubber fig can be various shades of green, ranging from light green to a dark, almost black green.
The plant can be propagated through stem cuttings or air layering.
In its native habitat, the rubber fig is an important food source for various wildlife species, including birds and insects.