Dyera costulata – the Jelutong

The jelutong is a very handsome tree.  Funnily enough Tony also says its “handsome” at Flora Singapura.  Then again, any big tree would be!  Here it is in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a few trees lining the path.  It belongs to the Apocynaceae and characteristically bears whorls of leaves and contain latex.  The tree looks a lot like Alstonia with its layered and pagoda like branching.  Its said to be light demanding, no wonder it regenerates easily in logged-over forests.  Its latex was used to make chewing gum in the past (1920s-1960s) and its a well known timber plant.

 

Dyera costulata, Apocynaceae

 

Dyera costulata, Apocynaceae

 

 

 

Dyera costulata, Apocynaceae

 

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