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Supplementary Material Added at the End of Volume 2

No. 8. Part II.

Alstonia constricta, F.v.M.

A "BITTER BARK."

(Natural Order APOCYNACEÆ.)

Bark. — See vol. i, p. 46.

Alstonia constricta (Fever-bark), of Australia. — This has been woefully abused in the general drug market. Alstonia scholaris, which is utterly unlike the constricia, has been substituted in quantities, whilst we have seen mixtures of wild cherrybark, goa powder, and cinchona that had been powdered and sold under the name Alstonia constricta — (Pharmaceutica1 Review, U.S.A., October, 1905, p. 298.)

Exudation. — It exudes small quantities of a sticky sap. I do not know whether it has been put to any use in this State. The following refers to the closely allied A. scholaris and the Queensland aborigines: —

The sticky exudation on the bark is employed for smearing over the body with which to affix the feather-down, for purpose, of personal decoration. Tully River. — (North Queensland Ethnography, Bulletin No. 7, Dr. Roth.)

Habitat. — See vol. i, p. 53.

Have seen it growing in several places on the Clarence River, not far from Grafton. — (Augustus Rudder.) Acacia Creek, Macpherson Range. — (W. Dunn and J. L. Boorman.)
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