Type of Ficus, Ficus Robusta

Type of Ficus, Ficus Robusta

The Ficus robusta is the second most popular houseplant after Ficus benjamina. It belongs to the Moraceae family and is native to tropical Asia ... native to northeastern India (Asthma), southern Indonesia (Sumatra and Java). Was introduced in Europe as an indoor plant in 1815. Its scientific name is Ficus elastic, citing his term 'resilient' to the rubber, because it was obtained rubber.

It is popularly known as Ficus robusta, the variety name threw popularly marketed as indoor ornamental plant. Other popular names are "rubber tree ',' gum ',' big-leaf ficus', 'Rubber tree', 'decorative ficus',' Gum Tree ',' fig tree rubber ', etc.

In its adult stage, the Ficus robusta is a large canopy tree, evergreen and reaches a great height, exceeding the 15 meters with ease and in relative short time (known heights of up to 40 meters). Its trunk is very thick and highly branched from near the base. This contrasts with the robustness of weakness in the wood as it can easily break during the days of strong wind if their branches are less protected.

Ficus robusta leaves are alternate, elliptic, leathery, dark green or almost red depending on variety (green, bronze and variegated) in the beam and slightly lighter color on the underside. Its size can be up to 30 inches long, attached to the branch with a petiole about 5 cm. Include developing buds, because their young leaves, before opening, are involved in a long stipule reddish or pink color.

The fruits have no ornamental value and appear only after several years of age. These are spherical with a diameter of just over an inch and a smooth, greenish dots.

As indoor ornamental Ficus robusta, only commercialized in its youngest state, either as a single individual plant or branched stem and a set of various plants is also a single stem or branching each. Everything depends on the size and the exemplary desired.


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