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Alstoria spectabilis is a medium to tall tree (up to 40 meters tall) that ranges from Sri Lanka, India, Mayalsia, southern China, and coastal northern Australia. It is used at the Weipa Bauxite Mine in northern Astralia to replant previously mined landscapes.

It bears leathery leaves with small (3.5 to 5 mm) fragrant white flowers. The twigs produce a milky alkaloid substance while the living bark is bitter when chewed. Aborignal people have used the bark for a variety of medicinal purposes including relief of abdominal pain, fever, and dysentery. Common names include Jackapple, Bitterbark, and Hard Milkwood.

This illustration was created by NORTH DOWNS BOTANICAL ARTIST Joan Howell-Jones for the PLANTS THAT RESTORE collection housed at KEW GARDENS. The image was based on a herbarium specimen collected by Kew from northern Australia.

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