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12. Rauvolfia Linn., Sp. Pl. 208. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5. 1754; DC., Prodr. 8:336. 1844; Benth. & Hook. f., Gen. Pl. 2:697. 1876; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 3:632. 1882; Talbot, For. Fl. Bomb. Pres. Sind. 2:208; 1911; Bailey, St. Cyclop. Hort. 3:2914. 1950; Cooke, Fl. Bomb. Pres. 2:188. 1904; Woodson & Schery in Ann. Mussour Bot. Gard. 57:94. 1970.


Shrubs or under-trees, rarely lianas, usually with little latex and whorled branches. Leaves in whorls of 3-4, rarely opposite, eglandular along the midrib, glandular in the axils with slender nerves, sessile to petiolate with small and deciduous stipules. Inflorescence terminal or of lateral dischasial cymes. Calyx-lobes 5, equal, ovate or lanceolate, eglandular. Corolla hypocrateriform, salverform or infundibuliform, tube cylindrical, somewhat inflated above the middle with usually hairy throat. Stamens included. Disc annular, cup-shaped. Carples free to syncarpous with 2-4 ovules, style 1, stigma cylindric. Fruit drupacous. Seed one, ovate.

A large pantropical genus with about 110 species, represented in Pakistan by 1 species only.

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