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Alstonia Scholaris is an elegant evergreen tree found in many parts of India.  These trees can grow very large, such as Alstonia pneumatophora, recorded with a height of 60 m and a diameter of more than 2 m. Alstonia longifolia is the only species growing in Central America (mainly shrubs, but also trees 20 m high). The generic name is in memory of the distinguished botanist, Prof. C. Alston (1685-1760) of Edinburgh. The species name scholaris is attributed to the fact that the timber of this tree was traditionally used to make wooden slates for school going children. Also commonly known as the Devil Tree, in mythology and popular imagination it is considered to be the abode of the devil.