Local Heart, Global Soul

November 12, 2012

My Knowledge gets More Elastic, …. even Rubbery!

Filed under: MALAYSIA,Melaka,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This is yet another page in my travel diary of our adventures of earlier this year. I apologise in advance for the quality of the photographs, they were taken from the moving coach and it was very hard to get any shots in focus when we were on the motorway.

The reason for these photos is because our guide tells us that these are Rubber trees, and because I found myself for the second time today wondering how on earth  managed to have such a wrong mental image of  a tree.

I assumed that Rubber trees were large sturdy trees with thick  trunks from which the sap was drained… for the second time today I find that my assumptions are completely wrong.

When I went to Wikipedia  to look up some information on rubber trees I read something “that made me laugh…
“Hevea brasiliensis, the Pará rubber tree, often simply called rubber tree, is a tree belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae, and the most economically important member of the genus Hevea. It is of major economic importance because its sap-like extract (known as latex) is the primary source of natural rubber.”

So what was funny? There is a very well known Kiwi company that started in Christchurch in 1910 and went on to become a nation-wide brand name. The name of this company: “Para Rubber” … and until I researched this post I had no clue that the name “Para”  had anything to do with the real and actual name of the rubber tree. It was a real “het kwartje is gevallen” moment, as the saying goes in Dutch. (“The penny has dropped” in English).

This means I’ve learned not just one thing about the rubber tree, but two! My little grey cells must be getting more elastic by the minute!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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