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Useful Tropical Plants

Rauvolfia verticillata

(Lour.) Baill.

Apocynaceae


The generic name is often mis-spelt as Rauwolfia[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Cerbera chinensis Spreng.

Dissolaena verticillata Lour.

Ervatamia ophiorhizoides (Kurz) Lace

Ervatamia ventii

Hunteria sundana Miq.

Ophioxylon belgaumense Wight

Ophioxylon chinense Hance

Ophioxylon densiflorum (Wall.) Thwaites

Ophioxylon macrocarpum Wight

Ophioxylon majus Hassk.

Ophioxylon neilgheerense Wight

Ophioxylon zeylanicum Wight

Rauvolfia altodiscifera R.H.Miao

Rauvolfia brevistyla Tsiang

Rauvolfia cambodiana Pierre ex Pit.

Rauvolfia chinensis (Hance) Hemsl.

Rauvolfia densiflora (Wall.) Benth. ex Hook.f.

Rauvolfia latifrons Tsiang

Rauvolfia loheri Merr.

Rauvolfia major (Hassk.) G.Nicholson

Rauvolfia membranacea Merr.

Rauvolfia obversa Koord.

Rauvolfia ophiorrhizoides (Kurz) Kerr

Rauvolfia perakensis King & Gamble

Rauvolfia superaxillaris P.T.Li & S.Z.Huang

Rauvolfia taiwanensis Tsiang

Rauvolfia yunnanensis Tsiang

Tabernaemontana cylindrica Steud.

Tabernaemontana densiflora Wall.

Tabernaemontana microcarpa Wall.

Tabernaemontana ophiorrhizoides Kurz

Tabernaemontana parviflora B.Heyne ex Wall.

Tabernaemontana subcapitata Hook.f. & Thomson

Tabernaemontana wallichiana Steud.

Common Name:

Rauvolfia verticillata
Ripening fruits
Photograph by: Kai Yan, Joseph Wong
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General Information

Rauvolfia verticillata is an erect shrub growing up to 3 metres tall.
The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

Although we have seen no specific information for this species, most if not all members of this genus contain poisonous alkaloids[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Habitat

Lowland, montane rain forests, monsoon forests, brush fields, river banks, rice fields, seashores; at elevations from near sea level to 1,700 metres in southern China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used in the treatment of malaria, and typhus[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

The fresh leaves are applied externally to treat snake bites, wounds and inflamed eyes[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

The roots are sedative[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. They are used to treat hypertension[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The roots have been used as an adulterant for R. Serpentina[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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