|Etymology||Genus||After Dr Charles Alston, a professor of Botany|
|Species||School; the wood is used to make writing boards for students|
|Synonyms||Echites scholaris L.|
|Common Names||Indian Pulai, Blackboard Tree, Dita Bark|
|Native Distribution||India subcontinent, China, Indochina, Malesia, Australia, Solomon Islands|
It helps to first learn how Alstonia species look like. They have a straight trunk with pagoda branching, the leaves are arranged in a whorl, and have copious white sap when broken. Alstonia scholaris can be easily identified from the presence of its intrapetiolar stipule. This can be seen at the centre of the whorl or the ends of a fallen leaf.
Alstonia scholaris has a straight trunk with pagoda branching.
The fruits are paired and elongated.
Whorled leaf arrangement. Notice the intrapetiolar stipules at the centre.
The end of a leaf stalk, showing the intrapetiolar stipule.