糖膠樹 devil tree

奶白的花卻散發冶豔感覺的,目前認識的就只有糖膠樹。

看一球球的花叢,還有濃郁的香氣,不像跟你拋媚眼嗎?

是這原因,她的英文名字叫魔鬼樹?

the colour of cream usually gives me a gentle and tame feeling. but this plant that bores clusters of creamy flowers almost excites me with the richness and boldness of the prettiness and fragrance. would it be the reason this plant has the common name of devil tree, because of the hidden power behind the gentleness?

糖膠樹,美輪美奐,不獨是其花:樹幹挺拔,樹皮有獨特的紋理,枝條輪生,連果實也有秀美的造型,呈長條形溫柔如柳條。

devil tree is native to india and in china, yunan. in southern asia, this plant is valuable in practical term, for medicinal purposes and its wood (used as blackboard and coffin). not only that, it has remarkable appearance. on top of its outrageous blossom, it stands upright and tall. the bark is of a special texture. leaves occur in whorls. and even its fruit looks different, it is tube-like and slim.

糖膠樹 devil tree (alstonia scholaris) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida class | 龍膽目 gentianales order | 夾竹桃科 apocynaceae family | 雞骨常山屬 alstonia genus | 種:糖膠樹 a. scholarisspecies  wiki

參考 reference:

  • 常綠大喬木,全株具有乳汁,枝條輪生。
  • 葉4~10片輪生,長橢圓形,長12~20cm,側脈30~60對,平行排列並與中肋成垂直。
  • 聚繖花序頂生至近頂生,花冠高杯狀,徑8~12mm,喉部有絨毛,裂片圓形。
  • 蓇葖果細長圓柱形,長30cm,種子兩端有褐色種髮。《埔小綠精靈
  • alstonia scholaris is a small tree that grows up to 40 m tall and is glabrous. the bark is greyish; branchlets are copiously lenticellate.
  • the upperside of the leaves are glossy, while the underside is greyish. leaves occur in whorls of 3-10; petioles are 1–3 cm.
  • cymes are dense and pubescent; peduncle is 4–7 cm long. pedicels are usually as long as or shorter than calyx. the corolla is white and tube-like, 6–10 mm; lobes are broadly ovate or broadly obovate, 2-4.5 mm, overlapping to the left. the ovaries are distinct and pubescent. the follicles are distinct and linear.
  • flowers bloom in the month october. the flowers are very fragrant similar to the flower of cestrum nocturnum.
  • seeds of a. scholaris are oblong, with ciliated margins, and ends with tufts of hairs 1.5–2 cm.
  • the bark is almost odourless and very bitter, with abundant bitter and milky sap.  wiki
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