Alstonia venenata R. Br.
Synonym : Blaberopus venenatus (R.Br.) A.DC.
Family : Apocynaceae
Local Names : Kuttippala, Palamunpala, Theeppala, Devil Tree
Flowering and fruiting period: February – August
Distribution: Peninsular India
Habitat: Moist deciduous and dry deciduous forests, often in forests clearings
IUCN status: Data deficient
Uses: Roots and fruits are believed to be useful for skin diseases, leprosy, cobra and other venomous bites, epilepsy, fatigue, fever, syphilis, insanity, helminthiasis, epilepsy, as remedy for impure blood.
Key Characters: Shrubs or small trees. Leaves linear-oblong, acuminate at both ends, 5 at each node, lateral nerves many, very close. Cymes terminal, to 20 cm across, corymbose. Flowers many; pedicels stout; sepals 1 mm long, ovate, acute, ciliate; corolla tube slender, hairy inside, lobes 13 mm long, oblong, acute, white. Follicle 2-angled, acute; seeds smooth.