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?
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
- 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