Rubber plant

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Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)

***** Location: Ireland
***** Season: Summer
***** Category: Plant


Rubber plant (Ficus elastica) is grown around the world as an ornamental plant, outside in frost-free climates from the tropical to the Mediterranean and inside in colder climates as a houseplant. Along with Philodendron, it is one of the most common houseplants in modern-days Ireland.

A ficus has green glossy leaves, which usually are about 3-4 inches long; they have a stem about as thick as the ink refil on a pen, about one inch long and attached to a wooden stem. The underside redness can vary greatly depending on the age, and so can the woodiness. A Ficus would drop their oval-shaped or rather pointed leaves in hot, dry conditions.

Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Worldwide use

Things found on the way


day's writing done -
the rubber plant sheds
a moony leaf

by Anatoly Kudryavitsky
(from 'Morning at Mount Ring', DOGHOUSE Books, 2007)

Related words

***** WKD : Ireland Saijiki, Irish Saijiki


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