Did you know that the latex that harvested from the tree Manilkara bidentata makes an excellent quality rubber?
Balata - Manilkara bidentata
Manilkara bidentata (Balata) is a species of Manilkara native to a large area of northern South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Common names include bulletwood, balatá, ausubo, massaranduba, and (ambiguously) "cow-tree".
The tree is harvested from the wild as a source of food, medicines, latex and wood. The latex makes an excellent quality rubber and the tree is sometimes grown for this purpose. Although growth is slow, balata is also cultivated for shade and timber.
Balata is a large, evergreen forest tree. Mature trees can reach a height of 30 - 45 metres, with a bole 1.3 - 2 metres in diameter.
Large boles can be up to 2 m in diameter and branchless for up to 18 m., and have broad rounded buttresses, spreading at the base.