Chandigarh Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Chandigarh (India)
Designed & Developed by Bioinformatics Centre, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Rauvolfia tetraphylla Linn.

Family: Apocynaceae Genus: Rauvolfia Species: Rauvolfia tetraphylla Linn.






Synonym Rauvolfia hirsuta Jacq., Rauvolfia subpubescens Linn. Flower Color White
Common Name Barachandrika, Chandrabhaga, Wild Snake Root Flower Type Cyme
English / Trade Name Devil Pepper, Be Still Tree, American serpentwood, be still tree, devil root, milkbush, Garden Rauvolfia Flowering Period Jan-Dec
Vernacular /Local Name Barachandrika, Chandrabhaga Fruiting Period Jan-Dec
Altitude Up to 1000m Fruit Type Drupe
Habit Shrub Fruit Details Fruits (drupes) ovoid, deep red or purple when ripe; seeds oblong, rugose.
Habitat Tropical to subtropical, forests, ofen on plantations and disturbed forests Bark Type Smooth
Distribution Introduced from West Indies; now naturalised in Western Peninsular India Bark Details Smooth woody bark
Distribution in chandigarh Chandigarh Botanical Garden and Nature Park, Sector 24, Sector 25 Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Whorled (leaves in groups of 3 or more along stem)
    Leaf Shape Ovate
Description of Species A small, much-branched woody shrub, up to 1.2 m high. Leaves whorled, ovate-elliptic. Flowers greenish-white or creamy-white in umbellate cymes. Fruits (drupes) ovoid, deep red or purple when ripe; seeds oblong, rugose. Leaf Details Leaves whorled, ovate-elliptic.

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details