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Date: 11 Jan 2021, Entry id: 1610344261-2

Alstonia scolaris - Indian Devil Tree

A Scholar's Award with intoxicating fragrance

By Alex Butova, the Witch of Herbs and Cats

...This fascinating rare plant with white, strongly perfumed flowers is valued as a fast growing, impressive ornamental shade tree and is used to serve as an alternative to quinine...
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...

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