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  Rauvolfia hookeri
 
  Family: APOCYNACEAE
  Citation:  Rauvolfia hookeri Sriniv. & Chithra in Henry et. al., Fl. Tamil Nadu I, 2: 78. 1987; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 204. 1997; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 443. 2002. Rauvolfia beddomei Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 634. 1882, nom. illeg; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 807(568). 1923. Tabernaemontana verticillata Bedd., For. Man. Bot. 157. Anal. Gen. t. 20/3. 1872, non Rauvolfia verticillata Baill. 1895.
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  Description: Large dichotomously branched shrubs. Leaves usually ternate, 4-10 x 2-3.5 cm, elliptic lanceolate, acuminate at apex, attenuate at base. Cymes axillary, dichotomously branched. Peduncles slender, 3-8 cm long. Flowers small. Calyx lobes 5, 0.2-0.3 cm long. Corolla pinkish white; tube 0.4-0.5 cm long, inflated below the throat at attachment of stamens; throat villous; lobes 5, 0.1-0.15 cm long. Stamens 5, included. Disc cupular. Carpels connate half way up; ovules 2; style united except at base; stigma capitate, 2-fid at tip. Drupes partially connate, each 0.5-0.6 cm long, 0.3-0.5 cm wide, ovoid, beaked, purple on ripening; seeds 1-2, rugose.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-April
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status: Endangered (EN)
  Altitude: 600-700
  Localities: Sholayar, Choodal, Kallar, Attayar
   
 
   
 
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