Description of the genus
Shrubs or trees with milky latex.
Stipules 0. Leaves in whorls of 3-6. Inflorescences of terminal,
sometimes apparently lateral, umbellate or corymbose, cymes.
Calyx lobes connate at base only. Corolla salver-shaped (in
ours); tube cylindric; lobes overlapping to the left.
Stamens inserted above middle of corolla tube. Ovary composed of
2, free or partly to completely fused, carpels. Fruit either with
only 1 carpel developing and then subspherical or with 2 carpels
developing and then 2-lobed.
Worldwide: c. 60 species in the tropics
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Other sources of information about Rauvolfia:Flora of Zimbabwe
: native/naturalised Rauvolfia pageePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): RauvolfiaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: RauvolfiaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for RauvolfiaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): RauvolfiaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Rauvolfia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1114, retrieved 23 May 2013