The generic name is often mis-spelt as Rauwolfia[
Aspidosperma spegazinii Molfino ex T.Mey.
Rauvolfia sellowii is a semideciduous tree with a dense, flat-topped crown; it can grow 15 - 25 metres tall. The straight bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree provides a low quality wood that is sometimes used locally, It is a good pioneer species to use when re-establishing native woodland and also provides an excellent shade and can be used in general landscaping[
Although we have seen no specific information for this species, most if not all members of this genus contain poisonous alkaloids[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil.
Montane, semideciduous forests at elevations of 400 metres or more, occurring in both dense primary forest and also in open secondary growth[
]. Dense forests on hill slopes[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Grows best in moist, fertile soils[
The branches break off rather easily in the wind and so the tree needs to be grown in a sheltered position[
A fast-growing tree[
A fast-growing tree that provides a good source of food for the local fauna. It can be used as a pioneer species when re-establishing native woodland[
The wood is light in weight, soft, of low durability. Easy to work with, but of low quality, and only used for low quality purposes such as linings, cheap toys, boxes and light devices[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a semi-shaded position in individual containers. A germination rate in excess of 60% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 50 days[
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