Alstonia scholaris, Fam. Apocynaceae
Medium to tall tree, usually does not grow more than 20m in cultivation, branches in whorls and large specimens have a longitudinally furrowed trunk. It has a distinctive layered form, grey bark, rough at the base, that exudes milky sap if damaged.
|Form or habit:||Med tree, Large Tree|
Broad, elliptic, glossy dark green, 7.5-15 x 3-5cm, arranged in whorls of four to seven at intervals along branchlets.
|Flower description:||Fragrant, small, cream, in small dense terminal clusters. October to December.|
|Fruit description:||Two lobed, pendulous follicles, ripening from green to brown, to 30cm long. Thin seed with a hairy tuft at each end for wind dispersal.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Malesia, Asia.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, Malesia, Asia.|
|Notes:||Fast growing tree, especially suitable for parks or larger areas. Propagate from fresh seed or cuttings.|
|Information sources:||Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics., Society for Growing Australian Plants. Mackay Branch. (1989). One hundred and one trees of Mackay.|