6583.000 Alstonia R. Br.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Gledhill, D. (2002) The Names of Plants (3rd edn) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs; branches whorled, mostly 4 or 5 together; latex. Leaves whorled, rarely opposite; at end of branchlets; lamina glossy; numerous lateral veins. Inflorescence terminal; cymes usually 1-5 in thyrses, or compound umbels. Flowers white, yellow or pink; lobes basally connate, corolla salver-form, tube cylindric. Fruit paired follicles, free or connate. Seeds oblong or linear; apices long-bearded.

Derivation of name: Named for Professor Charles Alston (1716 - 1760) of Edinburgh

Worldwide: c. 60 species in Africa, Central America, China, Indomalesia and the western Pacific

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Alstonia venenata

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macrophylla Wall. ex G. DonDescription
venenata R. Br.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Alstonia:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Alstonia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Alstonia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Alstonia
Wikipedia: Alstonia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Alstonia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Alstonia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Alstonia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1647, retrieved 28 January 2023

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