DAY 99 (13 JULY) – Indian rubber tree (Ficus elastica) (Vejer, Spain)
Overhanging this lovely old door – with vespa parked outside – is a mess of a tree. But on closer inspection it offers up some great colours and shapes. The long spikes are in fact sheaths housing new leaves.
This rubber tree is native to South and Southeast Asia, but also naturalised in Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Florida. In Europe, we find it in sheltered gardens of the Cote d’Azur and on the Italian and Spanish coasts.