Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Alstonia scholaris (L.) R. Br.

Family: Apocynaceae Genus: Alstonia Species: Alstonia scholaris (L.) R. Br.






Synonym Echites scholaris Flower Color White
Common Name White cheese wood, shaitan wood, pulai, chatiyan wood Flower Type Panicle
English / Trade Name Devils tree Flowering Period Jan-March
Vernacular /Local Name - Fruiting Period April-June
Altitude Upto 900 m Fruit Type Follicle
Habit Tree Fruit Details Fruit ,30 - 60 cm long and 0.3 cm in diameter, cylindric, pendulous in clusters, become completely averted after dehiscence
Habitat Occurs in moist deciduous forests and sacred groves, also in the plains Bark Type Smooth
Distribution India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam; Australia,Taiwan, Cambodia Bark Details Bark grey rough and yellowish from inside, branches whorled, young branches lenticellate, when he bark is injured a milky juice comes out
Distribution in manipur Central, Eastern, Southern, Tengnoupal Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Whorled (leaves in groups of 3 or more along stem)
    Leaf Shape Obovate
Description of Species It is a medium to large tree, to about 40 m high with a somewhat tessellated corky grey to grey-white bark, the boles of larger trees are strongly fluted to 10 m Leaf Details 4 - 7 in whorls, coriaceous, oblong - lanceolate, obtuse or bluntly acuminate, dark green above, pale and covered with whitish bloom beneath, base tapering, main nerves numerous, nearly horizontal, parallel, uniting in an intramarginal nerve

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details