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 ()

Distributional Range:


    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Tanzania, Uganda
    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Zaire
    • WEST TROPICAL AFRICA: Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo

    Cultivated (also cult.)




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

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 26 April 2018.