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Rauwolfia

[rau̇′wu̇l·fē·ə]
(botany)
A genus of mostly poisonous, tropical trees and shrubs of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae); certain species yield substances used as emetics and cathartics, while R. serpentina is a source of alkaloids used as tranquilizers.
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It is interesting to note that Rauvolfia serpentina, known in Ayurveda as 'Sarpagandhaa', is used in the Ayurvedic system for hypertension and as a mild sedative.
Verma, "Use of HPTLC, HPLC, and densitometry for qualitative separation of indole alkaloids from Rauvolfia serpentina roots," Journal of Planar Chromatography--Modern TLC, vol.
In vitro rapid clonal propagation of Rauvolfia serpentina (Linn.) benth.