Taxon: Funtumia elastica (P. Preuss) Stapf

Genus: Funtumia
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Apocynoideae
Tribe: Malouetieae
Nomen number: 70913
Place of publication: Proc. Linn. Soc. London (Oct.):2. 1900 (Hooker's Icon. Pl. 27: t.1694-2695. 1901)
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 28-Aug-2006 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Sep-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • bush-rubber  (Source: Use Pl WT Afr) - English
  • Ive-rubber  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • Lagos silk rubbertree  (Source: AH 505) - English
  • Lagos-rubber  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • West African rubbertree  (Source: AH 505) - English
  • arbre à caoutchouc  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • caucho africano  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Materials: latex/rubber (used as a source of rubber fide Use Pl WT Afr; Pl Res SEAs 18:125. 2000; F TE Afr)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide F TE Afr)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Sudan
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin ; Cote D'Ivoire ; Ghana ; Guinea ; Liberia ; Nigeria ; Senegal ; Togo
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon ; Central African Republic ; Congo ; Equatorial Guinea ; Gabon ; Zaire

  • Naturalized

  • Pacific

    • Southwestern Pacific: Samoa

  • Cultivated


  • Abbiw, D. K. Useful plants of Ghana. 1990 (Use Pl Ghana)
  • Boer, E. & A. B. Ella, eds. 2000. Plants producing exudates (Pl Res SEAs) 18:125.
  • Burkill, H. M. 1994. The useful plants of west tropical Africa. 1985-2004 (Use Pl WT Afr) 1:151-152.
  • Cufodontis, G. Enumeratio plantarum aethiopiae: Spermatophyta. 1953-1972 (F EthiopCuf)
  • Figueiredo, E. & G. F. Smith Plants of Angola. Strelitzia 22: 1-279. 2008 (Pl Angol)
  • Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER): plant threats to Pacific ecosystems (on-line resource). (Pacif I Ecosyst Risk)
  • Irvine, F. R. 1961. Woody plants of Ghana
  • Keay, R. W. J. & F. N. Hepper Flora of west tropical Africa, ed. 2. 1953-1972 (F WT Afr)
  • Keay, R. W. J. et al. Nigerian trees. 1960-1964 (Nigerian T)
  • Pichon, M. 1953. Monographie des Landolphiées Mém Inst. Franç. Afrique Noire 35:70.
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Terrell, E. E. et al. Agric. Handb. no. 505. 1986 (AH 505)
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. 1952- (F TE Afr)


Check other web resources for Funtumia elastica (P. Preuss) Stapf :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.