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Milky Pine or Milkwood, Alstonia spp.

  • Milkwoods are generally tall trees, and have milky latex when the bark on the trunk is cut into; thus the common names.

  • This latex is poisonous and may cause blindness (Brock 1997). Of course, it is not a pine, but often grows straight and tall like one.

  • They have small white flowers and then long thin seed pods with fluffy seeds.

  • They are found in the forests and woodlands of the tropics of Australia, with some species reaching into New Guinea and South-east Asia (Cooper and Cooper 1994).

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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