Small Flowered Snake Root
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Small Flowered Snake Root
ative Photo: Santhosh Kumar
Common name: Small Flowered Snake Root
Botanical name: Rauvolfia micrantha    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Rauvolfia indosinensis, Rauvolfia littoralis, Rauvolfia vietnamensis

Small Flowered Snake Root is a large shrub with dark green leaves. Leaves are elliptic-lanceshaped or inverted-lanceshaped, long pointed, 3-5 inches long. Flowers are small, as the species name micrantha suggests. They are borne in few-flowered cymes carried on long slender erect stalks. Sepals are triangular-ovate, flower tube is slightly swollen at the top, petals are small. Fruits are 4 mm, obliquely ovate, pointed. Small Flowered Snake Root is found in SW India, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam.

Identification credit: Santhosh Kumar Photographed in Kerala.

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