Rauvolfia rostrata

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Rauvolfia rostrata


Shrub or small tree 1-7 m high. Leaves in whorls of 3 or 4; Inflorescence 3-9.5 cm long, lax, 5-8-flowered, glabrous; Sepals ovate or subtriangular, 1-1.4 by 0.8-1.3 mm, 1.1-1.3 times as long as wide, apex obtuse, glabrous. Stamens inserted at 3.5-3.7 mm from base, 0.9-0.95 of the length of the corolla tube; Fruit bluish black when mature, partly syncarpous, obversely trapezoid, 10.8-13 by 14.8-20 mm, 0.65-0.75 times as long as wide, connate for 6-7 mm, 0.55 of mericarp length, with 2 acute apices, distance between apices 8.8-14.5 mm, sometimes only 1 carpel developing, glabrous. Seeds 1 in each endocarp, ovoid, acute.


Asia-Tropical: Maluku (Maluku present); New Guinea present
Malesia: Moluccas, New Guinea.


Kaneh. & Hatus. 1941 – In: Bot. Mag. (Tokyo): 504
Hendrian & D.J. Middleton 1999 – In: Blumea: 459
Markgr. 1984 – In: Blumea: 163