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Alstonia angustiloba is hardy and fast-growing tree. It has has white, strongly perfumed flowers and is cultivated as an ornamental plant.
The latex is used against shingles, boils, abcesses, and ring worm. Also used as an ingredient for chewing gum.
This fascinating rare plant with white, strongly perfumed flowers is valued as a fast growing, impressive ornamental shade tree.
Popularly known as Devil Tree, as plant is believed to the devil's abode - probably due to the intoxicating fragrance emitted by flowering trees, especially at night.
The tree is of great cultural significance in the intellectual circle, as traditionally its leaves were awarded to scholars and teachers during convocation ceremonies by the Visva Bharati University (can't think of a better name than Alstonia scholaris!). This tradition was started by Rabindranath Tagore.
Roasted nuts are free from the poison and as tasty as their relatives, cashew nuts.