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The Ficus Elastica Tree

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Some of the biggest Ficus elastica Moraceae trees you will ever have seen can be found in Palma de Mallorca at the beginning of the Passeig des Born, near Plaça de la Reina, or a bit further down the street, in Passeig de Sagrera, near La Llotja. The plant is also called the rubber fig, rubber bush, rubber plant, or Indian rubber bush.

I particularly love the impromptu aerial roots grown by the plant for additional support to carry its heavy branches. Botanists say that this tree is a bush, really.

Over the years I have witnessed these giant plants being pruned and cut back rigorously at regular intervals.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 17th, 2009. The time was 20:34:13.

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