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5. Rauvolfia vomitoria Afzelius, Stirp. Guinea Med. 1. 1817.

催吐萝芙木 cui tu luo fu mu

Shrubs to 5 m tall, glabrous. Stems erect, stiff. Leaves whorled; leaf blade broadly ovate or ovate-elliptic, 5-12 X 3-6 cm; lateral veins 8-17 pairs. Cymes usually 4 together. Corolla greenish or pale green, tube subcylindric, 6-12 mm, inflated at throat, pubescent inside; lobes dolabriform, 1-2 mm. Stamens inserted at corolla throat; disc ringlike, shorter than ovaries. Ovaries distinct. Style filiform, pubescent at base; pistil head fleshy, base membranous. Drupes 2, distinct, ovoid or ellipsoid, 0.8-1.4 cm X 6-9 mm. Fl. Aug-Oct, fr. Oct-Dec. 2n = 22, 66.

S Guangdong, S Guangxi, S Yunnan [native to tropical Africa].


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