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Friday, 27 January 2012

Alstonia scholaris Milky Pine Tree

Common Names: Milky Pine Tree, Milkwood Pine, Blackboard Tree, Indian Devil Tree, White Cheesewood, Pulai, Ditabark
Species: Alstonia scholaris

Alstonia scholaris is native to Queensland in Australia as well as parts of the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and China. Its common name Milky Pine Tree comes from the white latex sap this plant produces, like most members of the family Apocynaceae. The wood from this tree is very light in both weight and colour, near the root the wood is almost white.  The photography was taken looking up into the canopy and I even quite like the accidental lense flare I captured in the process.