Identifying the variety of rubber tree plant

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    I was given this rubber tree plant. I am trying to identify which variety it is. I am think that it is a Ficus elastica Robusta. As you can see in the pictures it does not have any red ribbing on either side of the leaf. I am not sure though. Any help in identify the variety would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Plantlady22
     

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Ficus elastica seems right. Ficus elastica - Wikipedia says that the 'Robusta' hybrid has broader, stiffer and more upright leaves.
     
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    Thanks. I wasn't sure sure because I saw pictures of the Ficus elastica and it had pink/red ribbing on the under side.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    According to Ficus Production Guide:
    A reference book describes 'Decora' as having foliage that is "tinted pinky-bronze when first opening". There was no mention of a red margin for any of the cultivars mentioned.

    Edit: Corrected misplaced comment.
     
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    'Decora' and 'Robusta' are still cultivars of Ficus elastica. Their descriptions both indicate red or pink colouration that is lacking in this plant.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Perhaps, as with a jade, the red is only expressed when the plant receives enough light.
     
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    As long as I have had the plant it has not had any red/pink coloring in the under margins of the plant. I have it in a bright location but it does not receive direct sunlight. It appears to be getting enough sunlight. In my research I have come across pictures of rubber tree plants that look just like mine. Of course it does not attribute the picture to anyone cultivar.
     
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    It occurred to me that my quote may have been misinterpreted. I was not suggesting the OP's plant isn't F. elastica or one of its cultivars. I was not aware, until I had read that article, that the species has been displace in favor of fancier cultivars so I thought I would share that information. The point I was trying to get across was that what is available at retail is then likely to be a cultivar rather than the species itself. Perhaps I could have been clearer with my response. It was not my intent to confuse the issue.
     
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    I reexamined my plant. I have new leaves that have recently sprouted. The leaves have the red/pink margins on the under side.
     

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