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Alstonia macrophylla, Thungfaa, Devil Tree

Alstonia macrophylla

Thungfaa, Devil Tree
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Southeastern Asia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersIrritatingEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.

Stem, bark: tonic, aphrodisiac.




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Alstonia scholaris , Blackboard Tree, Indian Devil Tree, Sapthaparni, Ditabark, Milkwood Pine, White Cheesewood

Alstonia scholaris

Blackboard Tree, Indian Devil Tree, Sapthaparni, Ditabark, Milkwood Pine, White Cheesewood
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Southeastern Asia
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsPoisonous or toxicSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

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.

See Article about this plant.





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Alstonia spectabilis, Alstonia linearis, Alstonia longissima, Hard Milkwood

Alstonia spectabilis, Alstonia linearis, Alstonia longissima

Hard Milkwood
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Australia
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.

Alstonia spectabilis, Alstonia linearis, Alstonia longissima, Hard Milkwood
Alstonia spectabilis, Alstonia linearis, Alstonia longissima, Hard Milkwood


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Alstonia venenata, Sinnappalai, Devil Tree

Alstonia venenata

Sinnappalai, Devil Tree
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: India
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersIrritatingEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.

Medium shrub, clusters of white flowers.

The indole alkaloid venenatine exhibited antifungal activity against some plant pathogenic and saprophytic fungi. The Tantra-cult in India utilises the seeds of Alstonia venenata as an aphrodisiac and stimulant in their tantric sex rituals.





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Alstroemeria sp., Peruvian Lily

Alstroemeria sp.

Peruvian Lily
Family: Alstroemeriaceae
Origin: South America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Many hybrids and about 190 cultivars have been developed, with different markings and colors, ranging from white, golden yellow, orange, to apricot, pink, red, purple and lavender. Alstroemeria leaves are 'resupinate' which means they grow upside down, with the leaf twisting as it grows out from the stem so that the bottom faces upwards.

Excellent in garden containers and in flowerbeds and borders. They also make good cut flowers with an exceptionally long vase life.

Provide a sunny location in areas with cool summers, but in Florida and other hot summer regions, plant in shade.





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