Botanical name : Alstonia scholaris (Linn.) R.Br.
Family : Apocynaceae
Saptaparna, Sapthachada, Visalatvak, Chatraparna, Suktiparna, Sarada
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Devil tree
Hindi : Chattiyan, Saitan ka jat
Malayalam : Ezhilam pala, Yakshippala, Daivappala, Pala
Distribution – Growing naturally throughout India, in dense evergreen forests.
A moderate to large sized evergreen tree grows up to 30 meters in height. Leaves 5-7 in a whorl, elliptic-oblong, obtuse and petiolate; flowers small greenish white, found in umbellate cymes. Fruits follicles about 50 cm long, conatin papillose seeds with hairs on each ends.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, skin diseases, fever, malaria, diarrhea, dysentery, indigestion, intestinal worms, tumors, malignancy, ulcers, wounds cough, bronchitis, insanity, epilepsy and general debility.
Useful part : Bark, Leaves, Latex.