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.