State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Alstonia scholaris (L.) R. Br.

  • Family: Apocynaceae
  • Vernacular names: Ezhilamppala, Yekshippala,Pala, ഏഴിലംപാല, യക്ഷിപ്പാല, പാല (Malayalam), Devil tree (English), Saptaparna (Sanskrit), Ezilai pillai (Tamil)
  • Distribution: South and South East Asia to Australia
  • Description: Large trees. Leaves simple, whorled, estipulate. Flower bisexual, greenish-white in terminal umbellate cymes. Fruit of two linear, narrow, pendulous follicular mericarps, green; seeds 5-6 mm long, flat, commate at both ends.
  • Habit: Tree
  • Habitat: Moist deciduous forests also in the plains
  • Flowering & Fruiting: October-February

  • Parts used: Bark, leaves and milky exudate
  • Properties & Uses: The bark is useful in fever, malarial fevers, abdominal disorders, diarrhoea, asthma, skin diseases, ulcers and rheumatic swellings. The tender leaves in the form of poultice are good for ulcers with foul discharges.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk, Unani, Homeo,
  • Traditional Uses:The milky latex of the plant is used to treat wounds caused by burns and boils.
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