An overgrown tree, passing its prime, abandoned....... This is a large rubber tree, once planted almost everywhere in Malaysia, before the introduction of oil palms.... The scars on the bark is the mark of an activity called rubber tapping, where a very thin cut is made on the bark and latex will ooze out collected in a cup down below... I snapped these photos on the way home from weekend trip to Pahang. The exact spot was about 5 kilometres from Ulu Bendul. Malaysians call rubber tree as pokok getah.
So, natural rubber comes from this tree!... artificial rubber comes from something else..