Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Alstonia scholaris

Alstonia scholaris is also commonly called the Blackboard Tree, Indian Devil Tree, Milkwood Pine and Pulai. It is an evergreen, tropical tree native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

Alstonia scholaris is a medium to large tree that grows up to 40 m tall and is glabrous, that is, the trunk and branches are relatively smooth and hairless. The uppersides of the leaves are glossy, while the undersides are greyish. The leaves occur in whorls of 3-10

Alstonia scholaris is a genus of evergreen trees or shrubs called Alstonia or Devil Tree, and has white funnel-shaped flowers and milky sap. In India, the bark of Alstonia scholaris is used solely for the treatment of medical ailments, ranging from malaria and epilepsy to skin conditions and asthma.

Look out for Alstonia scholaris at the hilltop of MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
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 (Alstonia scholaris found on the hilltop of MacRitchie Reservoir Park)

 (Smooth and hairless trunk)

(Whorls of leaves)

 (Glossy upperside of the leaves)

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