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

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