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Rubber trees of Kerala


Rubber tree is cultivated extensively in some parts of Kerala to extract Latex. It is one of the most economically important trees in Kerala...


Latex is a sticky, milky colloid drawn off by making incisions into the bark and collecting the fluid in vessels in a process called "tapping". The latex then is refined into rubber ready for commercial processing...


In India, commercial cultivation of natural rubber was introduced by the British planters. The first commercial Hevea plantations in India were established at Thattekadu in Kerala in 1902...



19 comments:

  1. Wow, that is so interesting. I had no idea this is how latex is sourced. You learn something new every single day!

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  2. Fascinating looking trees! Thanks for providing the history behind this process, too. Great photos.

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  3. So cool! Thanks for the information and for sharing some lovely photos at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/springtime-at-last.html

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  4. It is nice to see some photos of Rubber tree.Even in Sri Lanka,Rubber is an important tree.

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  5. Fascinating. I wonder how somebody figured this out.

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  6. That is so interesting, great pictures.

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  7. Really interesting information. I had no idea latex came from trees. I never really gave it any thoughts. .

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  8. Wow its amazing to see where latex if from! Amazing how organic it is!

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  9. That is so interesting! Thanks for sharing on Toronto Teacher Mom!

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  10. Informative and very interesting.

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  11. Gorgeous pictures! Feels peaceful... :)

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  12. How interesting, I have never seen a rubber tree.

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  13. Wow what an incredible process to catch with stunning photography. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. That is very cool! Not sure I've ever seen a rubber tree before.

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  15. Enjoyed learning this, Shiju. I thought most rubber came from Malaysia. I know the latex gloves we used at several of the hospitals where I worked were
    marked "made in Malaysia.". I guess the process doesn't really hurt the trees and they are able to be tapped repeatedly.

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  16. Rubber trees are one of the important economic source in Kerala. It is also exported to various part of India as well as abroad. Northern part of Kerala is rich with rubber trees and it plays a vital role in the development of the state. t shirt printing cochin

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