Competitive Exams: Crops Rubber geography notes on production and distribution of rubber in India

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  • It is the latex of 'Hevea brasiliensis' tree.

  • Other latex plantsbalata, funtunia elastica and gutta pecha.

  • Rubber tends to become sticky in hot and brittle in cold weather; therefore it is vulcanized (i.e. mixed with sulphur)

  • Needs of temperature

  • 50-250 cm) of rainfall, evenly distributed throughout the year.

  • Deep, friable well drained soils are ideal. Acidic soils are also suitable.

  • Land should be flat or gently undulating

  • Rubber tree sheds its leaves annually despit e its equatorial habitat. This is known as Wintering.