The generic name is often mis-spelt as Rauwolfia[
Rauvolfia monopyrena K.Schum.
Rauvolfia sambesiaca Schinz
Rauvolfia mombasiana is a shrub or a tree that can grow from 0.5 - 9 metres tall. The bole is up to 10cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The grated root or stem bark is used with cassava flour as a rat poison[
]. It is also used as a suicide poison[
East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique.
Sandy or rocky places near the coast, on riverbanks, in light forest or in woodland, at elevations up to 100 metres[
A decoction from the root or sometimes from the bark is taken to treat malaria, venereal diseases, asthma, tuberculosis, stomach complaints and skin problems[
]. The root powder is mixed with porridge and taken as a treatment for constipation and abdominal pain[
The dried and grated root bark, mixed with coconut oil, is applied externally to treat scabies[
The leaves are ground up and applied as a poultice to breast abscesses[
The plant contains similar alkaloids to those of Rauvolfia vomitoria[
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