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Useful Tropical Plants

Alstonia spectabilis

R.Br.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Alstonia linearis Benth.

Alstonia longissima F.Muell.

Alstonia ophioxyloides F.Muell.

Alstonia somersetensis F.M.Bailey

Alstonia villosa Blume

Blaberopus villosus (Blume) Miq.

Common Name:

Alstonia spectabilis
Flowering branches
Photograph by: Unknown
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Alstonia spectabilis is an evergreen tree; it can grow up to 40 metres tall. The bole can be up to 90cm in diameter, sometimes with small buttresses[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Asean Tropical Plant Database
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Terse details, with photos, of many of the plants growing in the tropical forests of southeast Asia. Gives some details of plant uses along with a description of the plant and its range.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, to New Guinea, northern Australia and the Solomon Islands.

Habitat

Found on various soils in primary and secondary forest, at elevations up to 800 metres[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height32.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant can flower and produce fruit all year round[
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Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
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Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the leaves and bark is used to treat a bad cough and sore throat[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The diluted stem sap is applied on tropical ulcers[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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A decoction of the plant is the basis of a mixture used as an abortifacient[
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Other Uses

The wood is used as hard alstonia[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The wood is sometimes used to make small carvings[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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