Tag Archives: Apocynaceae

Dischidia ovata (Apocynaceae)

Some plants are well named in terms of the descriptiveness of both their scientific and common names. Dischidia ovata is one of them. The leaves are clearly the epitome of ‘ovate-ness’ and the common name, Watermelon Dischidia, alludes to the … Continue reading

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Alstonia scholaris (Apocynaceae)

This wonderful tree can sometimes be recognized by it’s stature alone. Little wonder why it is widely planted throughout tropical and subtropical regions. It has even been crowned the state tree of West Bengal. The geographical range of this species … Continue reading

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Alyxia ruscifolia (Apocynaceae)

For a prickly sclerophyllous-looking shrub, this member of the Apocynaceae makes for a rather interesting occurrence in the rainforest. Evolutionarily speaking, it would be very interesting to take a look at the functional attributes of this plant to see if … Continue reading

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Ichnocarpus frutescens (Apocynaceae)

This native creeper of rainforest and coastal forest is a known medicinal plant in Indian medicine. The plant has been used as a treatment for a whole range of ailments including atrophy, bleeding gums, cough, dysentery, cancer, skin infections, diabetes … Continue reading

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Alyxia spicata (Apocynaceae)

This shrubby scrambler of coastal forest has distinctively 3-whorled leaves. The leaves as typical of members of the Apocynaceae, weeps sap when bruised. The fruits, in ideal states are linked as though in a chain, hence the common name ‘Chain … Continue reading

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Wrightia saligna (Milkwood) (Apocynaceae)

Also known as the Coolaroo, this is a nice savanna tree with weeping leaves. Can be mistaken for an Acacia when not in flower but will weep white sap when leaves are crushed. The leaves also have clear venation. It … Continue reading

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