Family Apocynaceae

Alstonia angustiloba

W. Malesia, common in open country. Up to 40m. Pagoda tree with terminalia
branching, buds concealed beneath bases of leaf stalks, often coated
with white or yellow resin. Flowers small, white and v. fragrant,
fruit a pair of long hanging pods, containing many small silky haired

Alstonia macrophylla

pulai penipu bukit

Malesia. Selangor, Trengganu northward. To 30m, 2m girth. Crown dense, deep, not spreading or tiered. Leaves mostly in whorls of 4 (rarely 3), with distinct slender stalk.

Alstonia spatulata

pulai basong

Throughout Malaya, except the north. Lowlands and seasonal swamp;
common on deep peat in Pahang, and as small tree on old tin mines.
Young trees have beautiful pagoda shape. Root wood, one of the world’s
lightest (3 lb/cu. ft), used for ‘pith’ helmets. Tapped for latex
for alkaloids in native medicines.

Alstonia spatulata.

Alstonia spatulata.

Dyera costulata

Big to huge unbuttressed tree. Terminalia branching, leaves in whorls
of 6-8, thin papery wing surrounds seeds. Crown up to 45m across,
emergent tree, yearly deciduous for a few days. Only species in the
family to yield commercial timber. Latex for chewing gum during Prohibition,
wood for pencils & picture frames.

Kibatalia maingayi
jelutong pipit

Common just north of Kuala Lumpur where forest remains. Soft and light
timber, easily staining blue. Bark contains medicinal alkaloids.

Plumeria rubra

bunga kemboja

Central America. Flowers sweet, cool, fragrant. Used to prevent heat
stroke & to treat enteritis & dysentry. Helps indigestion
and poor absorption of infantile nutrition.

Plumeria rubra flower.
NEW.Willughbeia sp.

Liana, seed dispersed by primates and birds.

Willughbeia sp.