Lechoso (spanish for milky) or milkyway is a very beautiful tropical tree species. It is a small tree, reaching 10 feet in height with a layered canopy. The bark is grayish tan becoming vertically cracked in mature trees. It has dark green paired oval leaves, up to 6 inches in length. The plant's name derives from its white milky sap. It bears flowers with a trumpet-shaped corolla of 5 fused petals with a single style and stigma , all year. In full bloom the fragrance permeates the garden with a musky vanilla-scented perfume. The white flowers presents a striking contrast against the green glossy leaves and the ground below is carpeted with fallen blossoms. Small fruit pods are golden in color, about 4 inches long and borne in pairs having a hook-like appearance. Lechoso can be propagated from seed or cuttings. The plant does best in rich soils with good drainage which are neutral or slightly acidic or alkaline. Lechoso in landscaping can be used along the seaside, reflected in the species name, to accent a garden, for screening, in public parks and conservatories. It is also suited for growth in large planters.