Botanical name of this plant is Alstonia scholaris. Generic name came after botanist, Prof. Alston of Edinburgh. Species name scholaris refers to the fact that the timber of this tree has traditionally been used to make wooden slates for school children.
It has rough, grey bark and large leaves that grow in clusters of seven. The flowers are small and greenish-yellow in color. The fruits are thin pods that can grow up to 20 inches long. The sap of the tree is sticky and bitter.
|Plant Height||31 inch (79 cm)|
|Plant Spread||8 inch (20 cm)|
|Common Name||Dita tree, devil tree.|
|Maximum Reachable Height||100 feet.|
|Flower Colour||The fragnant flowers are greenish white|
|Bloom Time||Late autumn to Early winter|
It has been extensively planted in India. Also seems to grow well in hot dry regions.
|Watering||Keep the soil moist but not logged.|
|Soil||Fertile, moist, but well-drained soil.|
|Temperature||Annual temperature in the range 12 to 32 degrees C.|
|Fertilizer||Apply an organic fertilizer of FYM.|
In Ayurveda it is used as a bitter and as an astringent herb for treating skin disorders, malarial fever, urticaria, chronic dysentery, diarrhea, in snake bite and for upper purification process of Panchakarma .