Rauvolfia

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Rauvolfia

Description

Shrubs, trees or sometimes rhizomatous under-shrubs, with white latex; Leaves mostly in whorls of 3-7, often confined to the apices of the branchlets, sometimes opposite on the lower nodes, glabrous, petiole varies considerably in length; Inflorescence terminal, sometimes seemingly lateral, lax or congested, a few- to many-flowered cyme, glabrous or pubescent; Sepals without colleters. Stamens free from the style head, included or exserted; Fruit of apocarpous or partly to completely syncarpous drupes, often only 1 carpel developing, each carpel contains a single seed. Seeds laterally compressed, obliquely ovoid or ellipsoid.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical, Pantropical present
A pantropical genus of c. 60 species; in Malesia 9 species.

Citation

Backer & Bakh.f. - in Fl. Java. 1965: 230
L. - in PROSEA. 1999: 424
K. Schum. - in Engl. & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 4. 1895: 153
D.J. Middleton - in Fl. Thailand. 1999: 50
H. Huber - in Abeyw. (ed.), Revis. Handb. Fl. Ceylon 4. 1983: 47
L. - in Mém. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 1949: 162
Hendrian & D.J. Middleton - in Blumea. 1999: 450
P.T. Li et al. - in Fl. China. 1995: 157
H. Huber - in Abeyw. (ed.), Revis. Handb. Fl. Ceylon 1. 1973: 15
Pit. - in Lecomte, Fl. Indo-Chine 3. 1933: 1114
Pichon - in Bull. Soc. Bot. France. 1947: 31
Lý - in Feddes Repert. 1986: 423
Benth. & Hook.f. - in Gen. Pl. 1876: 697
A.DC. - in Prodr. 1844: 336
L. - in Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak. 2004: 46
Tsiang & P.T. Li - in Fl. Reipubl. Popularis Sin. 1977: 46
Markgr. - in Blumea. 1984: 157