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(family Euphorbiaceae)

A small genus of trees whose bark contains latex. The leaves are trifoliate. The flowers are unisexual, male and female being in the same panicle. The fruit is an explosively dehiscent capsule. Rubber (or para rubber) is H. brasiliensis, now planted widely in the Far East. There are 9 species, found in the rain forest of Amazonia.

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