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Alstonia scholaris

Authority(L.) R. Br.
SynonymsEchites scholaris
Common namesdevil's tree, white cheesewood tree, alstonia, dita bark tree, Australian fever bark tree, Australian quinine bark tree, bitter-bark tree, blackboard tree, chatiyan wood, shaitan, chattun, chatian, chhatiwan, chatiwan, tin pet, dita, khaaniqat al-kalab, shajaratah fi asya al-harrah, scholarsi, may màn, mò cua, mùa cua, co tin pát, palai, pasuit, phaya sattaban, sattaban, polai, sachina, satavan, satuna, alipauen, dalipauen, lava, lipauen, dirita, tanitan, tangitang, andarayan, voplai, chatina (santal), saptaparni (kandha), dubedi (kandha)
Ecocrop code379

BRIEF DESCRIPTION A medium sized to tall evergreen tree reaching 35-40 m in height, while the trunk may reach 100-125 cm in diameter. The bole is cylindrical, tall, often fluted and buttressed. USE It is the most important source of pulai timber. The wood yields a good-quality pulp. In Java the wood was formerly used for school blackboards. The bark, leaves and latex have medicinal properties. The tree can be planted as an ornamental. GROWING PERIOD Fast-growing perennial. COMMON NAMES White cheesewood, Blackboard tree, Milky pine, Milkwood, Milkwood pine, Satni, satian, Satwin, Mudhol, Eda kula, Palai, Pulai, Pulai lilin, Pule, Lettok, Taungmeok, Rite, Dita, Dalipaoen, Lettok, Tinpet, Sattaban, Teenpet, Hassaban. FURTHER INF In Australia, the latitudinal range of the tree is 10.5-21.5°S and it occur at elevations between sea level and 1000 m. The tree is also found in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, New Guinea and southern China. Favourable soils include alluvia, basaltic red earth, yellow earth with grey-brown topsoil, stony red earth on basic volcanic soils, sandy grey earth, brown earth from a volcanic mixture of rocks and soils derived from metamorphic rocks.
SOURCES (A. scholaris (L) R.Br.)
Boland D 1984 pp 78-79 [TEMP, RAIN, TEXT, DEP, DRA, FER, USE]
Troup R 1921 pp 668 [RAIN, DRA]
Soerianegara I 1993 pp 88-89 [USE, TEXT]