The Rubber Tree is said to have once been common in
the Maya forest before the large-scale use of the tree for rubber
extraction. Though synthesized rubber is now used today, the rubber
is still used in many communities to make water-proof bags sometimes
used for chicle collection.
The ancient Maya used the rubber to make balls used
in a ceremonial ball game. A typical ball court can be seen near Plaza
The Rubber Tree is also used medicinally. For a strained
back, one can place the resin on a clean cloth and place it on the
back. It acts like a plaster cast. Midwives are said to use this for
mothers after birth.